Women's Water Polo Completes First Half of West Coast Trip
In the first half of its annual trip to California, the Harvard women’s water polo team had no shortage of time in the pool.
The Crimson (13-6) took part in five games in three days against West Coast foes, coming out on top in the first three and dropping the next two.
Entering the trip, Harvard was off to its best start since the 2004 season, and the team had an eight-game winning streak snapped against UC Davis.
“I’m really happy with the way we’re playing right now,” Crimson coach Ted Minnis said. “We’ve overcome some adversity in the stretches of big games. I hope we can keep growing as a group and play consistently for four quarters every time we play.”
UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC 17, HARVARD 9
In its final game before a day off, the Crimson could not keep up with the Pacific Tigers (15-7) and fell by a score of 17-9.
Both teams entered the matchup coming off a loss after a series of wins, but Pacific rode to victory as five different players scored at least one goal.
Harvard found itself within striking distance at the start of the second half, down by a score of 9-5. But the Tigers took control of the game in the third period with three goals from junior Rebecca Wright, putting Pacific up nine entering the final frame.
Senior Elise Molnar, the only Harvard player to score more than one goal, totaled three on the game. Junior goalie Michele Relton contributed 17 saves for the Tigers in net.
UC DAVIS 18, HARVARD 9
The No. 16 Aggies (12-12) rode consistent offensive production to put an end to the Crimson’s eight-game winning streak in Harvard’s fourth game in two days.
Although junior Shayna Price contributed three goals and three assists, freshman Yoshi Andersen was the only other member of the Crimson to find the back of the net more than once.
Harvard had no answer for senior Carmen Eggert, who paced the UC Davis offense with a career-high six goals, along with three assists and three steals.
“I think [UC Davis and Pacific are] great teams,” sophomore goalie Ariel Dukes said. “It’s a learning experience. It’s a different style of play out in California, and we’re really growing from it as a whole.”