Women's Water Polo Concludes Regular Season with Trips to Princeton, Brown
The Crimson will look to build some momentum heading into the postseason this weekend (OAC).
The Harvard women's water polo team visits Princeton to face George Washington (12 p.m.) and the Tigers (7 p.m.) Saturday before heading to Providence, R.I., to play Cal State Bakersfield (8 a.m.) and Arizona State (12:30 p.m.) Sunday at Brown to conclude regular season play.
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Last Time Out
The Crimson attempted to rally in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough, as Harvard fell to Brown, 12-10, Wednesday night at Blodgett Pool on Senior Night. Aisha Price paced the Crimson offense with six tallies and a pair of assists. Charlotte Hendrix and Yoshi Andersen each had a pair of scores and a helper, while Shayna Price handed out three assists in the loss.
Harvard sits at 13-10 overall and 2-1 in the conference heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Senior co-captain Aisha Price tops the team in all three field statistical categories with 57 goals, 34 assists and 51 steals. Freshman Charlotte Hendrix is second in goals (52) and steals (39) and third in assists (23), while fellow class of 2016 member Yoshi Andersen is second in assists (34) and third in goals (47) and steals (34). Junior Shayna Price is also above the 40-goal plateau with 44 this season, while Elise Molnar has found the back of the net 22 times thus far. In goal, Ariel Dukes has stopped 180 shots and stole the ball 25 times.
The Crimson won eight straight contests from Feb. 24 through March 18, which is the longest win streak in program history since water polo became an NCAA sport in 2001. During the span, Harvard outscored its opponents by a 112-56 margin, averaging 14 goals per game.
Racking up the Awards
Harvard has earned six CWPA weekly awards this season. Aisha Price has earned two Player of the Week honors (Feb. 4, Feb. 25), while Ariel Dukes has won the Defensive Player of the Week award twice (Feb. 4, March 4). Yoshi Andersen (Rookie of the Week, Feb. 4) and Shayna Price (Player of the Week, March 18) have earned the two other individual awards for the Crimson thus far.
About George Washington (Team Page)
George Washington enters the weekend with a 12-11 overall mark and 2-2 record in the CWPA Southern Division. In its most recent outing, the Colonials edged Villanova, 9-8, to win its second consecutive contest. Junior Rachel Bentley tops the team with 49 assists, which is one shy of the school record that she set last season. Hannah Cox is the leading goal scorer with 54 thus far, while Erin Donoghue has found the range 35 times. Chandler Vilander has played the majority of the minutes in goal, stopping 133 shots in 76 quarters.
Series History Against the Colonials
Harvard has won the last 10 meetings, including an 18-12 decision in last year's meeting. Overall, the Crimson holds a 17-1 advantage in the series.
About No. 12 Princeton (Team Page)
After going 5-3 on its trip to California, the Tigers return to the East Coast with a 17-5 overall mark and 2-0 record in conference. Katie Rigler tops a balanced scoring attack with 39 goals, while Ashley Hatcher is second with 27. In total, 11 members have at least 10 goals on the season with four above the 20-goal mark. In net, Ashleigh Johnson has started all 22 games, playing a total of 570 minutes. She has made 233 saves while allowing only 119 goals.
Series History vs. the Tigers
Princeton prevailed 11-7 in this season's only meeting to take a 30-11 lead in the all-time series.
About Cal State Bakersfield (Team Page)
The Roadrunners won two of their previous three games, topping Fresno Pacific and Brown before losing to No. 1 USC, to raise its record to 10-18 on the year. Nicola Barrett has netted 41 goals for a 1.58 goals per game average, while Janelle Shelby (34) and Sam Shead (32) are also above the 30-goal plateau. Alex Bayer has spent the majority of time in goal, allowing just 9.16 goals per contest. She has made 193 saves to compile a 9-15 record.
Series History vs. the Roadrunners
This is the first meeting between the two schools.
About No. 3 Arizona State (Team Page)
The Sun Devils bring a 19-5 record and No. 3 national ranking with them on their trip to the East Coast. In its most recent outing, ASU won three of four games, falling to No. 2 Stanford in the finale of the Arizona State Invite after besting Colorado State, Pomona-Pitzer and Hartwick. Redshirt senior Alicia Brightwell has been near unstoppable in her final campaign, totaling 59 goals and 20 assists to top the team in points with 79. Shannon Haas has also struck for 50 goals to account for 20 percent of Arizona State's scores this season. Goalie E.B. Keeve has started all 24 games and stopped 259 shots for a .620 save percentage.
Series History vs. the Sun Devils
Harvard won the first meeting between the two schools, 5-4, back in 2002, but Arizona State has won the two pairings since then to take a 2-1 lead in the all-time series.
Blodgett Pool will serve as the host site for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Water Polo National Championship May 10-12. It is the first time that Harvard will hold the event and only the second time it has been held on the East Coast. The last – and only other time - the event was held on the shores of the Atlantic was in 2009 when it was in Maryland.
Harvard returns to Providence, R.I. for the CWPA Southern Division Championships at Brown April 13-14.