But Harvard could not muster a tying strike late in the game despite repeated attempts on goal.
“We just didn’t catch a break,” Minnis said. “We hit a couple posts, a couple bars down the stretch. [We] had some good looks but just didn’t finish.”
Freshmen Alexis Del Toro and Michelle Martinelli, along with sophomore Charlotte Hendrix, each scored a goal for the Crimson. Junior Victoria Frager added two assists, and Dukes registered six saves in goal for Harvard.
Both Dukes and Minnis noted that playing a close game against Princeton, a top national team, serves as a good learning experience and prepares the squad for future challenges. The Crimson will host three top-20 teams at Blodgett Pool this weekend.
“We know…we can play with anyone,” Dukes said. “So I think it’s a matter of taking that confidence and continuing to work on our practical application.”
“For us, its gaining confidence to be able to play against the top teams in the country,” Minnis added. “If we want to get to that point, we have to take away some things from [this game] and gain some confidence. I think we did that.”