Women's Water Polo Travels to No. 7 Princeton Sunday Live on ESPNU
|Date||Sunday, March 2|
The Crimson will make its debut on ESPNU at Princeton, looking to pick its fourth consecutive win (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's water polo team will head to Princeton, N.J, Sunday, March 2 to take on Ivy League foe No. 7 Princeton in a nonconference bout that will be televised on ESPNU.
Harvard's game against Princeton will be featured on ESPNU, marking the first time in program history the women's team will be featured on ESPNU.
Last Time Out
Harvard hosted the CWPA/MAAC Crossover Feb. 22-23 at Blodgett Pool where the Crimson posted a 3-1 mark. Harvard opened the weekend with a close, 12-11, loss to Wagner before coming back to top Siena, 19-8, setting a new season high for goals per game. On day two, the Crimson powered past Villanova, 14-7, before taking down Iona, 13-7, in the final game of the week. The Crimson improves to 7-2 overall with both losses to Wagner (Feb. 9, Feb. 22).
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Share the Wealth
Six Crimson student-athletes have reached double-figure scoring, while 14 of the 15 members of the squad have recorded at least one goal. Yoshi Andersen and Shayna Price are tied at the top with 23 goals apiece, while Melissa Balding and Michelle Martinelli have 13 goals each and Alexis Del Toro and Victoria Frager have both recorded 11.
Senior co-captain Shayna Price and sophomore Yoshi Andersen are tied for the team-lead with 23 goals through the first nine games of the year. Both attackers have found the back of the net in eight games, while each registering five hat tricks.
Defense Wins Championships
The Crimson has outscored opponents, 115-83, while allowing an average of 9.2 goals per game. Harvard has limited its competition to single-digit scoring in six of its nine games.
In Between The Pipes
Junior co-captain Ariel Dukes has made 67 stops in net for the Crimson.
Playing in March
When playing in the month of March, Harvard owns a 125-75 all-time record (62.5)
When playing at DeNunzio Pool, home of the Tigers, the Crimson is 35-38 all-time. Most recently, Harvard went 2-1 at Princeton's home facility Feb. 8-9.
Racking up the Awards
Harvard has earned three Collegiate Water Polo awards this season. Yoshi Andersen picked up Player of the Week honors (Feb. 4). Senior Jelena Cyr' was tabbed Player of the Week Feb. 11. Michelle Martinelli and Alexis Del Toro were honored as Rookies of the Week Feb. 4 and Feb. 25 respectively.
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Head Coach Ted Minnis
In his fourth season at the helm of the Harvard program, Ted Minnis surpassed former head coach Erik Farrar (2005-10) to become the fourth winningest coach in program history with a 59-45 record. Minnis needs four more wins to move past Jim Flerchinger (62-47) and 11 more wins to move ahead head coach Maureen Travers (66-38).
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.
All-Time Against Princeton
Harvard and Princeton will meet for the 43rd time in program history, as the Crimson trails its Ivy League foe, 31-11. The Crimson, which has lost the last 15 meetings, will look to notch its first victory of the Tigers since April 25, 2004.
Princeton enters the week with a perfect 10-0 overall record. Most recently, the Tigers went 3-0 at the MAAC/CWPA Crossover, downing Siena (15-7), Wagner (14-8) and Iona (13-5). Katie Rigler (20 goals, 6 assists, 11 steals), Ashley Hatcher (17 goals, seven assists, eight steals) and Diana Murphy (14 goals, six steals) headline Princeton's offense, while Ashleigh Johnson anchors the defense with 110 saves in just nine games.
The Crimson will return back to Blodgett March 8-9 to host the annual Harvard Invite, which will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. The Crimson is slated to face Michigan, San Diego State, Santa Clara and Marist.