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Women's Water Polo Splits at CWPA/MAAC Crossover

Rookie Martinelli has 11 goals through the first seven games of the year (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team  dropped a seesaw battle against Wagner, 12-11, before coming back to power past Siena, 19-8, in day one of the CWPA/MAAC Crossover. The Crimson improves to 5-2.

Harvard and Wagner traded goals in the first two frames, before the Crimson took a one-goal lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.  The Seahawks rallied in the fourth frame to outscore the home team, 5-3, and secure the win.

Shayna Price headlined the Crimson offensive efforts with five goals, while Michelle Martinelli contributed two. Alexis Del Toro, Charlotte Hendrix, Jelena Cyr and Yoshi Andersen each had a goal. Rachel Lobato handed out two assist. Defensively Hendrix led the way with three steals and Price recorded two thefts. Ariel Dukes made 10 stops for the Crimson.

The Crimson came out on fire in its second game to take a three goal lead after the first eight minutes.  By the second stanza, the squad was clicking on all cylinders finding the back of the net five times and keeping the Saints off the board. The second half was no different as Harvard registered nine more goals and limited Siena to just six scores.

Freshmen Melissa Balding (four goals) and Martinelli (three goals) steered a balance attack that saw 10 Crimson student-athletes register a score.

Price contributed her second hat trick of the day while Kalina Grabb and Del Toro added two and Zoe Osborne, Lobato and Victoria Frager each had one tally. First-year players Emily Wang and Jillian Dukes recorded their first career goals.

Defensively, the Crimson combined for 15 steals as Frager led all players with three thefts. Dukes (10 saves) and Frager (2 saves) split time in net for Harvard.

Harvard is back at action Sunday, Feb. 23 for the final day of the CWPA/MAAC Crossover where the Crimson is slated to face Villanova at 10:30 a.m. before taking on Iona at 4 p.m.  All games from this weekend will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. 

Game 1
Harvard, 11 Wagner 12

Goals
Price, 5
Martinelli, 2
Del Toro
Hendrix
Cyr
Andersen 

Assists
Lobato, 2
Del Toro
Andersen
Price

Steals
Hendrix, 3
Price, 2
Lobato
Andersen
Martinelli
Nagaraj

Saves
A. Dukes, 10

Game 2
Harvard 19, Siena 8

Goals
Balding, 4
Martinelli, 3
Price, 3
Grabb, 2
Del Toro, 2
Osborne
Lobato
Frager
Wang
J. Dukes

Assists
J. Dukes, 3
Wang, 2
Andersen, 2
Del Toro
Osborne
Frager
Nagaraj

Steals
Frager, 3
Del Toro, 2
Osborne, 2
Andersen, 2
Grabb
Wang
J. Dukes
Price
Nagaraj
A. Dukes

Saves
A. Dukes, 10
Frager 2