SAN JOSE, Calif. — In its second to last West Coast contest, the No. 18-ranked Harvard Unviersity women’s water polo team collected another victory over No. 19 San Jose State University, 10-7. The Crimson is now 3-1 during its California campaign and 15-3 overall.
With a combination of a strong defense and an offensive strategy the Crimson jumped out to a 4-0 lead seeing two goals from Kristen Hong, while Borden Wahl and Sofia Carrera-Justiz added their own into the mix.
Hong continued her dominant attack to the net tabbing the first goal of the quarter when she connected with Mathilde Ribordy for a six-on-five conversion to extend Harvard’s lead to five. The Spartans managed to get on the board when the strung together two scores from Isabella Schmidt and Lili Urvari. Exiting the first half of play, Harvard maintained the lead at 6-2.
The Spartans continued to add another two goals in the third, but the Crimson countered with goals from Carrera-Justiz and Ribordy for the four goal-difference.
In the final eight minutes of play, San Jose State went on to tab another three goals but that was not enough to overcome the deficit prior to Grace Thawley and Evan Tingler tacking on the final blows.
With the victory, The Friends of Water Polo Head Coach and Coach of Excellence Ted Minnis recorded his second victory against his alma mater.
Hong added three more goals to her arsenal to put her just five goals away from collecting the 250-career goals milestone. Additionally, the attacker tallied a steal
In the net, senior Sam Acker left the Spartans scoreless throughout the first quarter of play, while collecting 11 saves overall.
Release courtesy Harvard University Athletics Communications