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Harvard Women's Water Polo Tops Mercyhurst, 17-8, Falls to Brown, 16-12

Yoshi Andersen scored five times in the opener against Mercyhurst (OAC). 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –The Harvard women's water polo team split its two games on the opening day of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division tournament to earn a spot in the third-place contest Sunday at 10:30 a.m. against George Washington.

The Crimson erupted for 11 goals in the second half to pull away from Mercyhurst, 17-8, before Brown used a fourth-quarter surge of its own to hold off Harvard, 16-12, in pool play.

Yoshi Andersen paced a balanced scoring attack for the Crimson with five goals and three assists, while Shayna Price added four tallies and two helpers in the opener against the Lakers. Aisha Price contributed three scores and three assists, and Charlotte Hendrix netted two goals and one assist. Rachel Lobato, Victoria Frager and Elise Molnar each contributed a goal and a helper to round out the scoring.

Harvard took an early lead in the opening stanza behind a goal and an assist each from Frager and Shayna Price and a single tally from Andersen to make it 3-1. In the second, the Crimson struck three more times, as Andersen completed her hat trick to enter the intermission up 6-3.

Following the break, Harvard netted six goals in the third period, as the offense started clicking on all cylinders to pull in front 12-5. The offense continued to click in the fourth quarter with five more scores to make the final margin of nine.

Ariel Dukes anchored the defense with three saves. Aisha Price recorded five steals, and Andersen added four thefts of her own. Frager and Molnar both had two swipes, and Jelena Cyr and Kalina Grabb each delivered one steal apiece.

In its second contest of the day, Brown locked down defensively in the fourth quarter to edge the Crimson.

Aisha Price finished with a team-high four goals for Harvard, while Molnar, Frager and Shayna Price all netted two goals apiece. Hendrix delivered a goal and two assists, and Andersen tallied one, as well.

Both teams come out firing on all cylinders offensively with Brown jumping in front 6-4 after the first eight minutes. The defenses clamped down some in the second with Harvard narrowing the gap to one, outscoring the Bears, 3-2, in the period.

Brown maintained the advantage heading into the fourth, as each squad scored five times in the third. In the final frame, Harvard was unable to mount anything offensively, and the Bears struck three times to earn the 16-12 victory.

On the defensive end, Dukes turned away four shots and recorded a career-high five steals. Andersen chipped in four thefts, while Molnar and Frager had two swipes apiece.

Stats
Mercyhurst 17-8 win
Goals
Andersen 5
S. Price 4
A. Price 3
Hendrix 2
Lobato
Molnar
Frager

Assists
A. Price 3
Andersen 3
S. Price 2
Hendrix
Cyr
Lobato
Molnar
Grabb
Frager
Dukes

Steals
A. Price 5
Andersen 4
Lobato 2
Frager 2
Molnar 2
Cyr
Grabb

Saves
Dukes 3

Brown 16-12 loss
Goals
A. Price 4
Molnar 2
Frager 2
S. Price 2
Hendrix
Andersen

Assists
Hendrix 2
A. Price
S. Price
Andersen
Grabb

Steals
Dukes 5
Andersen 4
Molnar 2
Frager 2
A. Price
Hendrix

Saves
Dukes 4