Harvard Sweeps CWPA Southern Division Weekly Awards
Ariel Dukes earned her third CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week award (Justine Agaloos).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team swept the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Awards for the week of Feb. 4, the CWPA announced Tuesday.
Senior co-captain Aisha Price was named the Southern Division Player of the Week, freshman Yoshi Andersen garnered the Southern Division Rookie of the Week award and sophomore Ariel Dukes received the Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week nod. The Crimson went 3-0 at the Harvard Home Kick Off over the weekend, earning wins over Iona, Villanova and CAMO.
Price finished the weekend with the team lead in goals, netting 10 in the three contests, while adding four assists and five steals. She started the day against Iona with one goal, three assists and one steal in a 15-13 win. The Hawaii native added a game-high five goals in an 18-6 victory over Villanova before tallying four goals, one assist and four steals in the finale against CAMO.
Andersen turned in an impressive performance in her collegiate debut, finishing the tournament with nine goals, 10 assists and nine steals to top the team in the latter two categories. She had a hat trick, four assists and four steals in the opener versus Iona. Andersen followed up her performance with another three goals, three assists and four steals versus Villanova and concluded the day with three tallies, three helpers and one theft against CAMO.
In goal, Dukes ended the opening weekend with 26 saves and two steals. The sophomore made 12 stops against the Gaels in the opener and stymied them late to help the Crimson hold on for the victory. She blanked Villanova for nearly two periods in the second contest to allow Harvard to race out to a 10-0 advantage and ended up with nine saves and one steal in the contest. In the finale, Dukes shutout CAMO in the opening period and made five stops and one steal in the win.
Harvard last won all three weekly honors March 26, 2012 when Dukes was named Rookie and Defensive Player of the Week and Shayna Price picked up the Player of the Week award.
The Crimson returns to action Saturday at the Princeton Invitational.