- The Harvard women's water polo team recently
held its annual awards banquet with four major awards handed out to
honor the 2009 season.
Head coach Erik Farrar also named juniors Kelly Peeler and Kristina
Bergquist captains for the 2010 campaign. Peeler helped
Harvard to a 20-2 victory over Utica at the Northern Division
Championship April 19, as she recorded a hat trick.
Bergquist, who also took home Harvard's Most Improved Player Award,
made three steals against Princeton March 1 and scored six times
during the spring.
Next, senior co-captain Nicola Perlman was selected as the
team's Most Valuable Player after earning six victories between the
pipes. She had a season-high 14 saves against the New York
Athletic Club Feb. 14 and posted four other double-digit save
totals in games in 2009. Perlman tallied her first-career
goal in Harvard's win over Utica April 5.
Freshman Devan Kennifer continued to pick up awards as she was
named Harvard's Rookie of the Year. Kennifer, who led Harvard
with 75 goals this spring, was also tabbed the Northern Division
Rookie of the Year as well as the Eastern Championhip Rookie of the
Tournament. She garnered All-Northern Division first-team
accolades and was selected to the All-Eastern Championship second
Farrar presented sophomore Shami Entenman with the Coach's
Award. Entenman scored five goals in two games April 5,
including a hat trick against Utica. She also added two
tallies that afternoon against Connecticut College and netted three
goals against those same teams at the Northern Division
Championship April 19.
The Crimson finished the 2009 season with a 12-16 overall record
and placed seventh at Easterns, earning its first win at the
tournament since 2005 by defeating Bucknell. Harvard also
took third at the Northern Division Championship, topping Utica and
Connecticut College. The team returns 14 players to next
year's squad, having only graduated two players from its current