Crimson Women's Water Polo Falls Twice to Conclude Regular Season
Charlotte Hendrix had 10 points, including a career-high seven assists, for the Crimson against CSU Bakersfield (Justine Agaloos).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On the final day of the regular season, the Harvard women's water polo team dropped a pair of contests to Cal State Bakersfield and Arizona State at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
The Roadrunners jumped out to an early lead against the Crimson en route to a 17-12 win, while Harvard hung with the No. 3 Sun Devils for a half before running out of gas, as ASU prevailed 17-8.
In the opener, Charlotte Hendrix totaled a career-high 10 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome Cal State Bakersfield.
Hendrix finished with three goals and a collegiate-best seven assists for the Crimson (14-11) to pace the offense. Shayna Price totaled five goals, while Victoria Frager scored one and handed out three assists. Elise Molnar, Kalina Grabb, Victoria Frager and Jelena Cyr each totaled one goal apiece to round out the scoring.
In the opening stanza, the Roadrunners surged ahead, taking a 5-2 advantage. Hendrix assisted on both Harvard goals, which were scored by Price and Cyr. Both defenses clamped down in the second, but CSU Bakersfield was able to push the lead to 8-3 with Price netting the lone tally for the Crimson.
Both offenses erupted, totaling nine goals, including four from the Crimson, after the intermission. In the fourth, both teams combined for another nine goals with Harvard striking five times to close the gap but ultimately come up short.
Ariel Dukes had six saves in net for Harvard. Cyr added three steals and Price made two thefts to account for five of the team's nine steals.
In its second game of the day, the Crimson played with Arizona State for the entire first half before seeing the Sun Devils pull away in the second.
Shayna Price led Harvard in scoring for the second straight game with four tallies. Her sister, Aisha, added two scores, and Rachel Lobato and Grabb both found the back of the net once.
The Crimson continued its offensive surge with four goals in the first quarter, while ASU struck five times to take a one-goal advantage. The Sun Devils stymied the Harvard offense in the second, allowing just one goal, while tacking on three of its own to hold an 8-5 advantage.
In the second half, Harvard could not recapture its offensive surge from the first quarter. ASU outscored the Crimson, 5-1, in the third and 4-2 in the fourth to pull away for the victory.
Dukes turned away seven shots, while Aisha Price had three steals and Charlotte Hendrix added two.
Harvard returns to action as the third seed in the CWPA Southern Division Tournament Friday back in Providence, R.I
Cal State Bakersfield 17-12 loss
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Arizona State 17-8 loss
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