Donohoe combined with teammates Becca Dorst and Rachel Fattal to score 10 goals, giving the Bruins their 18th victory of the season. UCLA raised its record to 18-2 overall. Harvard, playing its 10th game on an eight-day road trip, fell to 11-12.
The Bruins set the tone early by scoring six goals in the first quarter as Donohoe and sophomore Alys Williams scored twice. Fattal and Dorst also scored in the period, and Donohoe assisted on both of those goals. The Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes on power play goals by Donohoe and Dorst, but the Crimson managed to tie the game at the 4:55 mark on an extraman goal by senior Shayna Pryce.
Ahead 6-2 entering the second quarter, the Bruins clamped down on defense, as goalkeeper Sami Hill made six saves and limited the Crimson to just one goal. On offense, the Bruins scored three times with Donohoe netting a counterattack point and a two-meter goal, and sophomore India Forster scoring on a counterattack.
The Crimson scored three times in the third quarter with backup Bruins goalkeeper Alex Mussleman in the cage. Fattal scored twice for UCLA to keep the margin at six.
UCLA exploded for seven goals in the final quarter and held Harvard to one. Scorers in the final period were Dorst (twice), Danielle Ferraro, Forster, Aubrie Monahan, Alexa Tielmann and Ashley Zwirner.
UCLA goes on the road for three matches before returning home host Stanford on Apr. 11 and San Jose State on Apr. 12.
In other UCLA water polo news, Fattal was nominated for the 2013 Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s top amateur athlete. Vote for Rachel by clicking here. This week, the Becca Dorst and Sami Hill Show premiered.Click here to watch the video.
UCLA 18, Harvard 7
UCLA (6, 3, 2, 7—18)
Harvard (2, 1, 3, 1—7)
Goals: UCLA (Emily Donohoe-4; Rachel Fattal, Becca Dorst-3; Alys Williams, India Forster,-2; Danielle Ferraro, Ashley Zwirner, Alexas Tielmann, Aubie Monahan-1). Harvard (Jelena Cyr-2, Melissa Balding, Zoe Osborne, Michelle Martinelli, Kalina Grabb, Shayna Price-1)
Saves UCLA (Sami Hill-7); Harvard (Ariel Dukes-5)