Women's Water Polo: No. 17 Pacific Cruises Past Harvard, 11-5
Pacific jumped out to an early 2-0 lead at the start of the first quarter when freshman Jasmine Myles (Auckland, New Zealand) notched back-to-back goals at the 4:58 and 4:05 points. The Tigers then extended their lead to three when junior Bridget Geck (Huntington Beach, Calif.) found the back of the net with 3:13 left on the clock.
In the second frame Myles completed the hat trick at the 5:36 mark to make it a 4-0 contest , then gave Pacific the five point advantage with 4:01 on the clock on a 5-meter penalty shot. Freshman Brooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) finished the half with seven saves while the Tiger defense held the Crimson scoreless in the first half.
Harvard trailed the Tigers 5-0 entering the third quarter until the 6:21 mark when the Crimson scored a goal to make it a 5-1 contest, but the Myles countered at the 5:36 point to help the Tigers regain the five point lead. Harvard cut Pacific's lead to four with 4:34 on the clock but the Tigers scored consecutive goals from juniors Dara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Shioban Larsen (Mundelein, Ill.) at the 3:25 and 2:25 marks to put the Tigers up 8-2. The Crimson closed out the quarter notching a goal with 1:23 left on the clock to make it 8-3 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame Geck and junior Bethany Quertermous (Humble, Texas) found the back of the net at the 5:10 and 4:15 points to put the Tigers up by eight. Harvard tallied its final goals with 1:42 and 0:56 on the clock, making it a 10-5 game. Tawarahara notched her second goal of the game at the 0:16 mark, for final score of 11-5.
The Tigers continue action at the Pacific Invite at 4 p.m. against No. 3 California.