ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Harvard Tops Santa Clara and Occidental to Begin Annual California Trip

Shayna Price paced the Crimson with a total of seven goals Sunday (Justine Agaloos). 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – 11 proved to be the Harvard women's water polo team's lucky number Sunday afternoon.

The Crimson scored 11 goals in a pair of wins, holding off Santa Clara, 11-10, before toppling Division III No. 5 Occidental, 11-7, in the second game of the day. Harvard has now won seven consecutive games, its longest unbeaten span since an eight-game win streak in 2000, and sits at 12-4, its best start to the season this century. 

In the opener against the Broncos, Shayna Price led the way with four goals and two assists, and Yoshi Andersen netted four goals and recorded three steals. Aisha Price had a single tally and handed out three assists, while Charlotte Hendrix and Victoria Frager both found the back of the net once to cap the scoring.

The Crimson continued its trend of jumping out to early leads, going ahead 3-1 after the opening stanza; however, Santa Clara responded with five goals in the second to send the game into the intermission tied at six.

Both teams tallied two goals in the third period to enter the fourth tied at eight when Shayna Price took over. The junior tallied two goals in the first 1:03 of the frame to put Harvard ahead for good, as the defense took over from there.

Ariel Dukes, who finished the game with seven saves and two steals, stopped two shots in the final minute, including one from point-blank range with 10 seconds remaining, to secure the one-goal victory.

In addition to Dukes' effort on the defensive end, Hendrix recorded four steals, and Aisha Price and Andersen each had three.

After a brief break, the Crimson jumped back in the pool against Occidental and used a three-goal spurt during the second period to knock off the No. 5 team in Division III.

Aisha and Shayna Price both recorded hat tricks to pace the Harvard offense. Hendrix chipped in two goals, and Jelena Cyr, Andersen and Kalina Grabb all had one score apiece. The team also distributed the ball evenly with seven different players recording assists.

Harvard took a 2-1 lead in the opening stanza but put the game out of reach in the second, outscoring the Tigers by a 3-0 margin to take a 5-1 lead into the break.

Following the intermission, each team scored three goals in both periods to keep the final margin four and give Harvard its seventh straight win. 

On the defensive end, Dukes made seven saves for the second straight game, and the team recorded 12 steals. Aisha Price, Hendrix, Andersen and Elise Molnar all had two thefts. 

Harvard makes the short trip to Davis, Calif. to face Fresno Pacific and UC Davis Sunday. 

Stats
Santa Clara Win 11-10
Goals 
S. Price 4
Andersen 4
A. Price
Hendrix
Frager

Assists
A. Price 3
S. Price 2
Grabb
Frager

Steals
Hendrix 4
A. Price 3
Andersen 3
Dukes 2
S. Price

Saves
Dukes 7 

Occidental Win 11-7
Goals
A. Price 3
S. Price 3
Hendrix 2
Cyr
Andersen
Grabb

Assists
A. Price
Cyr
Andersen
Grabb
Frager
Dukes
Molnar

Steals
A. Price 2
Hendrix 2
Andersen 2
Molnar 2
Cyr
Frager
Grabb
S. Price

Saves
Dukes 7