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Women's Water Polo Falls to Princeton in the Opening Round of the CWPA Championships

Dukes had five saves against the Tigers (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The No. 2 Princeton Tigers closed the game on a 8-4 run to slip past No. 7 Harvard, 12-6, in the opening round of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship.

The Crimson kept the game close finding the back of the net twice to trail by two after the first eight minutes. Princeton came out on fire in the second frame as the Tigers buried four goals and kept Harvard off the board to push its lead to six heading into intermission.

Harvard stormed out of the gates after half time, winning the third stanza, 2-1. The Crimson's second half-rally was cut short as Princeton outscored the Crimson, 3-2, in the final frame to secure a spot in the winner's bracket.

Melissa Balding, who was just named the CWPA southern division Rookie of the Year, chipped in her fifth hat trick performance of her season, while senior Shayna Price netted two goals and Jillian Dukes found the back of the net once.

Yoshi Andersen dished out two assists, while Victoria Frager and Zoe Osborne registered two steals apiece. Ariel Dukes made five stops.

Harvard returns to the Kenneth Langone Athletics & Recreation Center tomorrow to take on sixth-seeded Bucknell at 3:00 p.m. 

Harvard 6, Princeton 12

Balding, 3
Price, 2
J. Dukes

Andersen, 2

Frager, 2
Osborne, 2

A. Dukes, 5