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Eighteen Steals in Three Games Gives Shayna Price Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Shayna Price earned her second career CWPA Defensive Player of the Week award Feb. 28 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Shayna Price of the Harvard women's water polo team was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week Feb. 28 after an impressive weekend at the MAAC/East Challenge in Princeton, N.J. Price registered 18 steals and added four goals and five assists to help the Crimson to a 3-0 record.

The sophomore led Harvard on the defensive end of the pool, accumulating six steals in each contest. The six steals in a game is Price's season high and second most of any Harvard player this season.

The Honolulu, Hawaii native also provided the squad with a dramatic goal Feb. 26, as she scored in sudden death overtime to propel the Crimson past Iona, 15-14. Harvard, which had trailed 6-0 to start the contest, came back behind stellar defensive play, including the six steals from Price, and timely scores. The Crimson was down two scores in the second overtime, before Price scored to cut Iona's lead in half and Harvard added another tally to set-up sudden death overtime.

The win over Iona completed a three-game sweep of the MAAC/East Challenge for Harvard as the Crimson downed Wagner, 16-13, and Villanova, 15-1, Feb. 25.

Price has one previous CWPA award, the Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week honor April 4 of last season.

The Crimson is back in the pool this weekend, as it hosts the Harvard Invitational March 2-4. The Crimson starts the tournament against San Jose State March 2 at 7 p.m. The opener is slated as the women's water polo Student Rewards game and the first 50 students in attendance will receive a free Crimson t-shirt.