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Ariel Dukes Earns Second CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week Award

Ariel Dukes has stopped 123 shots in 14 games this season (Justine Agaloos). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore goaltender Ariel Dukes has been named the College Water Polo Association Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week for the week of March 4, the CWPA announced Wednesday.

Dukes recorded 29 saves and six steals in three weekend contests to help the Crimson get off to their best start since 2003-04 at 10-4. She allowed just 17 goals in the three contests to also allow Harvard to begin conference play 2-0.

Dukes shutout Mercyhurst in the first half in the conference opener and finished the game with nine saves and two steals to help the Crimson roll to an 11-3 win Saturday morning. In the afternoon contest against Bucknell, the sophomore stopped 11 shots and delivered three steals to match her career high in a 13-9 victory, as she limited the Bison to just one goal in the fourth quarter.  The Winter Park, Fla. also surrendered just one goal in the fourth quarter of Harvard's 10-5 win over Gannon to allow the Crimson to pull away from the Lady Knights, finishing the day with nine saves and one steal.

This is the second time Dukes has won the award this season, also picking up the honor Feb. 4. Overall, it is the fifth weekly award that the Crimson has won this season.

Dukes has made 123 saves in 14 games, and she has also recorded 16 steals.  

Harvard returns to action March 17 at Santa Clara.