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Women's Water Polo Downs George Washington, 12-3, Falls to Princeton 13-4

Hendrix returns to the pool and makes a splash with two goals on the day (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE Mass. - The women's water polo split its games at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division championships at Blodgett Pool.

Fourth-seed Harvard cruised past George Washington, 12-3, before falling to top-seed Princeton, 13-4. The Crimson will still have a chance to advance to the CWPA Championships with a win tomorrow in the third-place game.

Trailing George Wasghington by one just 45 seconds into the game, Melissa Balding put the Crimson on the board as she found the left side of the goal 20 seconds later.

Zoe Osborne, Victoria Frager, Charlotte Hendrix each found the back of the net once, while Balding added a second score with 13 seconds left in the frame to give Harvard an four goal advantage heading into the second.  

George Washington registered the first goal of the second frame before Shayna Price found a wide open Michelle Martinelli who buried it give Harvard a 6-2 lead at the intermission.

Harvard tacked on two more goals in the third stanza, while keeping the Colonials off the board. Zoe Osborne and Jelena Cyr found the back of the net to give Harvard a six goal lead with eight minutes to go.

Hendrix recorded her second goal of the day just two minutes into the quarter. Grabb and Jillian Dukes netted a goal apiece to help secure the win.  Price handed out three assists, while Grabb had two steals on defensive. Ariel Dukes finished with a season-high 12 saves. 

The second game started much differently for the Crimson, as Princeton exploded for five goals in the opening frame.

The Tigers tacked on two more goals before Price put Harvard on the board with 5:38 remaining in the second. Martinelli added to Harvard's run when the freshman skipped the ball past Princeton's Ashleigh Johnson to cut the deficit to seven heading into the break. 

Princeton came out on fire in the third quarter, burying three goals, while keeping the Crimson off the board. Yoshi Andersen and Price found the back of the net for the Crimson in the final eight minutes. 

Defensively, Price had three steals, while Andersen chipped in two thefts of her own. Ariel Dukes registered two steals and five saves.

Harvard advances to the third-place game where the Crimson will take on the loser of the Brown and Bucknell game. The third place game is slated for 11:30 a.m.

 

Harvard 12, George Washington, 3
Goals
Hendrix, 2
Balding, 2
Osborne, 2
Cyr, 2
Martinelli
Grabb
Frager
J. Dukes

Assists
Price, 3
Balding
Andersen
Grabb
Frager
J. Dukes

Steals
Grabb, 2
Frager
Price

Saves
A. Dukes, 12

Harvard 4, Princeton 13
Goals

Price, 2
Andersen
Martinelli

Assists

Andersen
Price


Steals
Price, 3
Andersen, 2
A. Dukes, 2
Cyr
Martinelli 
Frager

Saves
A. Dukes, 5