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Women's Water Polo Heads to the Princeton Invite

Hendrix finishes with three goals and three assists last weekend at the Villanova Invite (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team will hit the road to Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton Invitational at DeNunzio Pool for the Princeton Invite Feb. 8-9. The Crimson squares off against Virginia Military Institute, Iona and Wagner during the tournament.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson opened its 2014 season at the Villanova Invitational Feb. 1 with two wins. Harvard first toppled the Wildcats, 17-9. Eight different Crimson student-athletes found the back of the net, as Shayna Price tallied four goals, Yoshi Andersen registered three while Alexis Del Toro, Charlotte Hendrix, Melissa Balding, and Michelle Martinelli each had two.

Behind Andersen's five goal effort, Harvard battled back from an early, 3-0, deficit to ultimately force extra frames and defeat Iona, 16-15. With 4:29 remaining in the fourth, Harvard buried five consecutive goals to knot the score at 13. Hendrix, Balding and Price each recorded a goal in the extra stanza to lock up the win.
Related Link: Women's Water Polo Opens Season 2-0 After Overtime Thriller

About Harvard
The Crimson (2-0) is led by senior co-captain Shayna Price and sophomore Yoshi Andersen, who tallied seven and eight scores, respectively, at last weekend's Villanova Invitational. Andersen, a returning second-team All-Southern Division honoree, contributed 61 of Harvard's scoring efforts a year ago. The Crimson has brought back 72.6 percent (295-of-406) of its goal scoring from last season, including Price (79 g), Hendrix (71 g) and Andersen (61 g).

Honor Roll
Two women's water polo players took home Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division awards this week. Andersen was named the Player of the Week, while Martinelli was chosen as the Co-Rookie of the Week.
Related Link: Andersen Named CWPA Player of the Week; Martinelli Tabbed Co-Rookie of the Week

Live Stats
Harvard will continue to test a live stat program known as FOSH throughout the season. The program was developed by Ryan Sosin, Harvard's director of operations, and provides fans with a more statistical view of the game, including a look at play-by-play, a scoring summary and goaltending and exclusion stats. While still hovering around the developmental stage, Harvard aims to continue the innovative trend with Fosh moving forward.

Fresh Faces
Harvard welcomes seven newcomers to its roster for the upcoming season. Melissa Balding, Alexis Del Toro, Jillian Dukes, Michelle Martinelli, Eela Nagaraj, Zoe Osborne and Emily Wang form the class of 2017. The rookies are composed of four student-athletes from California, while one calls Florida home, one hails from Connecticut, and one is a native of Alberta, Canada.
Related Link: Women's Water Polo Adds Six in Class of 2017

Captains
Senior Price and junior Ariel Dukes will serve as co-captains for the 2014 season. Price and Dukes were key components of the Crimson's highly successfully 2013 campaign.
Related Link: Price and Dukes Named Women's Water Polo Captains for 2013-14
 

Virginia Military Institute
The Keydets open up the season at the Princeton Invitation. Last season, Virginia Military Institute posted a 12-22 overall record and was led by Celine Lazzaro (93 g), Caitlyn Jackson (61 g) and Mackenzie Perkins (43).

Wagner
The Seahawks kicked off their season last weekend at the Brown Invite in Providence, R.I. Wagner downed Hartwick in the first game, 10-8 before dropping the next three games to Pacific, Indiana and host Brown to own a 1-3 record heading into the weekend. The Seahawks's offense is led by Jess Lundgren, Megan Rodriquez and Lily Doerfler, while Emily Riddle anchors the defense in net.

Iona
Iona is off to a slow start opening up its season with losses to No. 15 Indiana (17-9), No. 13 Michigan (15-6) before narrowly falling to Harvard, 16-15, in double overtime.  The Gaels come to Princeton looking to notch its first win of the season. Iona is led by Amy Olsen (7g) Sarah Hanly (3g) Taylor Silva (3g) and Meghan Mahoney (2g).

Looking Ahead
Harvard will open its home slate Feb. 22-23 when the Crimson hosts the CWPA/MAAC Crossover Event at Blodgett Pool.  Harvard will face Wagner, Siena, Villanova and Iona during the two-day event.