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Women’s Water Polo Takes on Brown in Midweek Matchup

Osborne has eight goals, 13 assists and 19 steals (photo courtesy: Gil Talbot).

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The Harvard women's water polo team will head to Providence, R.I., for a midweek Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division game against Brown Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson kicked off its CWPA Southern Division slate with a 10-8 win over George Washington Saturday, March 29. Yoshi Andersen paced the offense with a season-high six goals, while Shayna Price added two scores. Melissa Balding and Zoe Osborne each found the back of the net once to round out the scorers. Ariel Dukes finished the day with one steal and seven saves.
Related Link: Andersen Paces Women's Water Polo Past George Washington, 10-8

Share the Wealth
Nine 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 leads the Crimson in goals with 53, while Shayna Price isn't too far behind with 47 scores. Michelle Martinelli has buried 29 goals and Melissa Balding has added 27 to lead all first year players.

Dynamic Duo
Senior co-captain Shayna Price and sophomore Yoshi Andersen headline the Crimson offense. The two attackers have combined for 100 of Harvard's 259 goals this season. Andersen leads all scorers with 53 goals, while Price has added 47 goals. Andersen has recorded 11 hat tricks, with Price totaling eight three-plus goal performances.

Top of the Class
Harvard's freshman class has jumped out of the gates to make an immediate impact in 2014. The group has accounted for 36.2 percent of goals (92/249), 40.2 percent of assists (64/159) and 35.1 percent of steals (77/219). Michelle Martinelli leads all first-year players with 29 goals, while Melissa Balding (27 goals) and Alexis Del Toro (21) are right behind. Zoe Osborne has chipped in eight goals while Jillian Dukes has added three scores. Del Toro leads her class with 14 assists and Osborne and Martinelli are tied with 17 steals.

A Familiar Field
Last season, Harvard posted a 3-3 record in Southern Division play. The Crimson defeated Mercyhurst, Bucknell and George Washington before falling to Brown twice and Princeton. The Crimson opened the 2013 Southern Division Championships with a 17-8 win over Mercyhurst before falling to Brown, 16-12. Harvard topped George Washington, 15-11 to finish the weekend in third place.

Racking up the Awards
The Crimson has won seven CWPA weekly awards this season. Most recently, Melissa Balding and Alexis Del Toro were named Co-Rookies of the Week (March 17) for their performance at the Aztec Invite. Three freshmen have earned five Rookie of the Week accolades for Harvard. Balding won the award March 11. Del Toro brought the honor to Cambridge Feb. 25 and Michelle Martinelli was tabbed Rookie of the Week Feb. 4. Yoshi Andersen picked up Player of the Week honors Feb. 4. Senior Jelena Cyr was tabbed Player of the Week Feb. 11.
Related Link: Balding, Del Toro Named CWPA Co-Rookies of the Week

Movin' On Up
In his fourth season at the helm of the Harvard program, head coach Ted Minnis surpassed former head coach Erik Farrar (2005-10) and Jim Flerchinger (2000-03) to become the third winningest coach in program history with a 64-56 record. Minnis needs three more wins to move ahead of head coach Maureen Travers (1993-1997) who owns a 66-38 record and 18 more wins to exceed Chris Hafferty (1986-1991) who boasts an 81-28 record while at Harvard.

Taking a Look at Brown
Brown carries a 13-12 overall record into its first CWPA Southern Division match of the season. Most recently, the Bears posted an 8-4 record out west. Brown rattled off three consecutive victories to open its trip at the Loyola Marymount Invitational with wins over Cal State San Bernardino, Whittier and Sonoma State before falling to host No. 11 Loyola Marymount. In the second half of the trip, the Bears fell to UC Irvine, Cal Baptist and No. 20 San Diego State while taking down Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont Mudd-Scripps, Concordia and Fresno Pacific.  

Brown is led by a trio of goal scorers. Kate Woods leads all scorers with 58 goals, while Emily McNamara has added 36 and Shannon Crowley has netted 29. Seven Bears have reached the double-figure scoring plateau, while 15 of its 20 players have registered at least one goal this season. Sarah Shin anchors Brown's defense as the senior has registered 147 saves throughout the 2014 season.

All-Time Against the Bears
Harvard and Brown will meet for the 104th time in program history, with the Crimson holding a 56-46-1 advantage in the all-time series results. Harvard has dropped the last four meetings with the Bears, with its last win coming on March 21, 2012.

Looking Ahead
Harvard wraps up its regular season with a trip to Lewisburg, Pa., April 5-6 with a tripleheader against CWPA Southern Division foes Bucknell, Princeton and Mercyhust.