Season Preview: Focus on Team Effort Will Lead Harvard This Spring

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team returns nine players and welcomes five more to a program that earned its second consecutive bid to the Eastern Championship in 2010 and finished with 12 wins.

2010 honorable mention All-American Devan Kennifer returns for her junior season to lead the Crimson in 2011. Kennifer led the team with 67 goals and was a Collegiate Water Polo Association All-Northern Division first team selection as a sophomore. She was also tabbed to the Eastern Championship All-Tournament second team. Classmate Monica Zdrojewski, an All-Northern Division first team honoree, ranked second on the squad in scoring with 34 tallies while Aisha Price netted 31 goals in her rookie campaign. Returning sophomore Elise Molnar received All-Northern Division honorable mention after finding the back of the net on 26 occasions last year.

Harvard began the 2010 season on a tear, winning its first six games of the year, and ending it with its second straight trip to the Eastern Championship.

The Crimson's season opens Feb. 5 at home with three games in one day when crosstown rival Boston College, Villanova and CWPA opponent Iona come to Blodgett Pool. The Crimson will also entertain guests Feb. 23 versus Brown, March 27 with Wagner, April 2 against Marist and Connecticut College and a tilt April 3 with St. Francis (N.Y.). Harvard will make a trip to Northern California that will span seven days from March 13-19 and includes games against Cal, Santa Clara, UC Davis, Cal State Monterey Bay, Fresno Pacific and Cal State East Bay.