March 3, 2012

Women’s Water Polo Splits Pair during Day Two of Harvard Invitational

Shayna Price led the Harvard to a 1-1 record at the Harvard Invitational Saturday (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Shayna Price scored six times and the Harvard women's water polo team went 1-1 at the Harvard Invitational Saturday at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson led No. 18 Princeton through three quarters, before falling, 9-8, and handled Bucknell, 13-8, during the second day of the three-day event.

In the opener, Harvard scored three goals in each of the first two frames to open a 6-3 lead over Princeton entering halftime. The Crimson's defensive was strong through the first 16 minutes, forcing the Tigers to miss the target on multiple shots and commit turnovers.

Princeton got back into the game in the third period with three goals of its own, while holding Harvard to one tally. The Tigers added another three scores in the forth to take a 9-8 lead with a minute remaining on the clock. Harvard had a chance to tie the score twice, but Princeton denied the effort.

Shayna Price and Lizzie Abbott each scored a pair of goals against Princeton and Devan Kennifer added eight steals.

Harvard bounced back from the early loss, with a 13-8 decision over Bucknell. The Crimson doubled up the Bison, 8-4, in the first half and cruised past Bucknell in the remainder of the contest.

Shayna Price found the back of the cage four more times, accumulating six goals on the day, and Kennifer matched Price's four against the Bison. Kennifer also made eight steals, the most of any Crimson in a single game this season.

Ariel Dukes made 18 stops in goal during the two games.

Harvard will finish its invitational tomorrow in a matchup with Iona at 1:20 p.m. The Gaels and Crimson have met twice already this season, with each team picking up a one-goal win. In the last meeting, Harvard used sudden death overtime, after the team's played two overtimes to a tie, to beat Iona.

Princeton 8-9 loss
Goals
Lizzie Abbott 2
Shannon Purcell
Riley Kessler
Elise Molnar
Monica Zdrojewski
Shayna Price 2 

Assists
Aisha Price
Shannon Purcell
Devan Kennifer 2
Elise Molnar
Monica Zdrojewski
Ariel Dukes 

Steals
Shannon Purcell
Devan Kennifer 5
Riley Kessler
Elise Molnar 2
Monica Zdrojewski
Victoria Frager
Shayna Price 2
Ariel Dukes 2 

Saves
Ariel Dukes 8 

Bucknell 13-8 win
Goals
Aisha Price
Shannon Purcell
Devan Kennifer 4
Elise Molnar
Monica Zdrojewski 2
Shayna Price 4 

Assists
Aisha Price
Shannon Purcell
Devan Kennifer 3
Monica Zdrojewski
Victoria Frager
Ariel Dukes 

Steals
Shannon Purcell
Devan Kennifer 8
Riley Kessler
Elise Molnar 2
Victoria Frager
Shayna Price 3 

Saves 
Ariel Dukes 10