BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The No. 18-ranked Harvard University women’s water polo went 3-1 in its season-opening weekend at the Hoosier Invitational hosted by No. 13 Indiana University. Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis recorded his 200th career victory as head of the women’s program by defeating California State University-East Bay via an 18-3 score on Saturday, January 28, prior to the Crimson dispatching Villanova University, 23-11, and McKendree University, 17-4, to sandwich a loss to Indiana, 14-8.
Facing CSU-East Bay in the weekend opener on Saturday, January 28, captain Grace Thawley commenced her senior season with four goals. Ruby Hodge scored her first career goal, while Brooke Hourigan, Annabelle Bisconti, Borden Wahl, Sasha Constandse, Dany Zapata and Ella Prentice also dented the twine once.
Erin Kim and Evan Tingler both added pairs of goals to accompany a four tally performance by Heidi Heffelfinger.
Alexis Kieckhafer registered her first win of the season to provide Minnis with his 200th career victory.
Facing the host Hoosiers later in the day, Hodge picked up her second goal of the season as she joined Hourigan, Kim and Thawley in posting solo markers. Tingler chipped in a pair of goals with Jaiden Miller also connecting on two strikes.
On Sunday, January 29, the Crimson exploded for 23 goals with 13 different goal scorers in putting away Villanova.
Hodge netted her first career hat trick, while Prentice, Josie Mobley, Hourigan, and Heidi Heffelfinger all potted single scores.
Constandse, Tingler, Kim, Wahl, Zapata, Ella Schneider, Kaity Greenwald and Thawley tacked on pairs in support of Kieckhafer in cage.
In the weekend finale against McKendree, Annabel Facey, Prentice, Schneider, Tingler and Constandse each accounted for pairs of scores to lead the way. Thawley, Miller, Greenwald and Heffelfinger notched single marks as Harvard claimed its third win of the weekend.
Information courtesy Harvard University Athletics Communications