It was open water for Brown junior Emily McNamara as the clock wound down under 30 seconds. The senior, isolated against Harvard goalie junior Ariel Dukes, put the game with her third goal of the night and the 13th of the night for the Brown’s women’s water polo team.
Despite a strong first period, the Crimson (12-14, 1-1 CWPA) was unable to keep up with Brown (14-12, 2-0), losing to the Bears by a final score of 13-9.
“We didn’t score enough goals,” Harvard coach Ted Minnis said. “I thought we came out and played a good first quarter. We had a few defensive breakdowns in the last three quarters.”
Both teams are coming off of California road trips, though with varying degrees of success. The Crimson finished 3-7 with victories against Cal Lutheran and Pomona-Pitzer, while the Bears finished 8-4 against its West Coast foes.
Since returning East, Harvard had been on a two-game win streak, defeating George Washington and James Madison. The Crimson notched 10 goals in each match as they earned its first victory in divisional play against the Colonials.
In the match against George Washington, sophomore Yoshi Andersen lead the way in scoring, and she did not let up against Brown. Andersen had five of the team’s nine goals to bring her season total to 58. The first two of her five opened the match to give Harvard an early lead, but it would not be able to hold on.
Overall the Crimson outscored the Bears 3-1 in the first period. Andersen’s first goal came off of a power play that ended with the ball in the back left corner of the Brown net. A little over two minutes later, she scored again to put the Crimson up 2-0. The Bears finally made it on to the board with 1:57 seconds left in the quarter.