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Women's Water Polo Takes Unbeaten Record on the Road

Junior goalie Laurel McCarthy set a new career high with 19 saves in the Iona game Feb. 5 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
The Crimson heads out to the state of New York for five games over four days as part of its first road trip in 2011, then returns to Blodgett Pool for its Collegiate Water Polo Association opener against Brown. Friday and Saturday Harvard will be part of the Marist Tournament in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., taking on Siena and host Marist, as well as club teams DDO and Toronto. Monday the team heads to Hartwick for another early season non-conference game.

Schedule
Friday
vs. Siena 9 a.m.
vs. Toronto 3 p.m.

Saturday
vs. DDO 12:30 p.m.
at Marist 3:30 p.m.

Monday
at Hartwick 4 p.m.

Wednesday
vs. Brown 8 p.m. 

Series History
Harvard and Siena have met five times with Harvard winning every single matchup to hold a 5-0 advantage in the series. The last meeting came last season, which Harvard won, 15-9. The Crimson has held the Saints to under 10 goals in every meeting since they first started playing in 2004.

The Red Foxes hold a 5-2 advantage over Harvard in the all-time series, with all five of those wins coming in their current win streak in the series that began in 2006. Harvard won the first two meetings, outscoring Marist, 23-3, in those two games.

The Crimson defeated Hartwick, 7-5, in the two teams' first meeting back in 2001, but since then it's been all Hawks, who have won 26 straight in the series to lead 26-1 all-time. The Hawks have outscored Harvard, 86-43, in the teams' six matchups since 2009.

Brown and Harvard have played 95 times since 1984 with the Crimson holding a 52-42-1 advantage. The two teams split their two matchups last season, but heading into 2010 Brown had won 11 straight from 2007-09. Both squads own two separate winnings streaks of 10 or more games each, with Harvard claiming the longest such streak at 24 from 1985-91.

Receiving Votes
The Crimson is already receiving national recognition this season, receiving votes in the Collegiate Water Polo Association National Poll. For the second week in a row Harvard has received a vote in the poll, joining Cal Baptist and Cal State Bakersfield who also received one vote. The Crimson is one of only five teams east of the Mississippi River mentioned in the 20-team poll that includes 24 teams this week with those programs receiving votes just outside the top 20.

So Far, So Good
A season-opening sweep of Villanova, Iona and Boston College has given Harvard a 3-0 unblemished mark to begin the season. The team opened last season with five straight wins. The program's best-ever start to a season was in 1988-89 when the team won 18 straight games in its sixth year of existence before falling in the third round of the Eastern Championship to Slippery Rock and finishing third.

About Harvard
Harvard put up 60 goals Feb. 5 in outscoring its three opponents, 60-14, earning a trio of victories at Blodgett Pool to open the 2011 season. Junior Monica Zdrojewski had 10 goals, three assists and seven steals on the day to lead the Crimson. She had five scores, a helper, three takeaways and drew two ejections against Villanova in Harvard's 20-5 win and found the back of the net three times, had two assists, two steals and two drawn ejections as the Crimson defeated Boston College, 23-2. She also added two goals and two helpers in a 17-7 win over Iona.

About Siena
The Saints went 2-2 at the season-opening Bison Invitational hosted by Bucknell with wins over Mercyhurst and Gannon. Senior Camille Norman totaled 30 points in the four games, with 16 goals and 14 assists at the tournament to earn MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Ten of those points came in the season opener, a 14-12 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. She then combined for eight goals and six assists in wins over Mercyhurst and Gannon, and tallied two goals and four assists against tournament host Bucknell.

About Marist
The Red Foxes (1-4) travelled to California to open the season and took on three nationally-ranked teams. A 10-4 win over Sonoma is Marist's only win so far, but the team had strong showings against Cal State Bakersfield (L, 9-13) and No. 9 San Diego State (L, 5-14). Rosie Pauli leads the Red Foxes in scoring this season with eight goals. Agnes Konopka is the team's leader in assists with two.

About Hartwick
The No. 15 Hawks are 4-6 this season after early trips to competitive tournaments in Michigan and California. They have played seven ranked teams already, holding a 1-6 record in those games with an 11-4 victory over No. 17 UC San Diego Feb. 12 in the Tritons' own pool. Through four games earlier this season, the team was led in scoring by Allyssa Analytis with seven goals and Sami Capparelli with six.

About Brown
The Bears opened their season at the Princeton Invitational, earning a win over Villanova and falling in games against Pacific, Colorado State and host Princeton. Brown is currently on a 10-day break before resuming play against Harvard Wednesday.

Up Next
Harvard and the Bears will clash again in the pool Feb. 26, this time in the first round of the ECAC Championship hosted by Bucknell.