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Women's Water Polo Place Sixth at CWPA Easterns for Best Finish in Six Years

Photo of the 2011 Harvard Crimson at the CWPA Eastern Championships courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Harvard women's water polo team finished sixth at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championships Sunday, earning its best finish since 2005. The Crimson fell to No. 20 Princeton, 11-8, in the fifth-place match.

Shayna Price scored three goals, including two penalty strikes to lead the Crimson. Shannon Purcell added two, while Aisha Price, Devan Kennifer and Elise Molnar also found the back of the net. Laurel McCarthy stopped nine shots in the cage.

Princeton scored the first two goals of the game, before Kennifer found the back of the net and extended her scoring streak to 16-games. Princeton put another one in to make it 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. Two goals from Purcell and a 5-meter penalty shot from Shayna Price made it 7-4 at the half.

The Crimson scored three straight tallies to start the third quarter and evened the score with goals from Aisha Price and Molnar and another 5-meter from Shayna Price. Princeton was forced to call a timeout to regroup. The Tigers answered with less than a minute left in the third with two quick scores.

In the fourth, Princeton began to pull away and used two early scores to take an 11-7 lead with four minutes remaining in the game. Shayna Price found the back of the net after a Harvard timeout to make it a three-point game.

Harvard finishes the 2011 season with an 18-15 overall record, giving head coach Ted Minnis 30 wins between the men's and women's program in his first season at the helm of both programs. Kennifer finished the season with 76 goals and 81 steals. Kennifer was also named to the CWPA Eastern Championship all-tournament first team for her efforts in Indiana.

No. 20 Princeton 11, Harvard 8
Harvard Goals: Shayna Price (3), Shannon Purcell (2), Devan Kennifer, Elise Molnar, Aisha Price
Harvard Assists: Aisha Price
Harvard Steals: Kennifer (3), Aisha Price, Jamie Williams, Monica Zdrojewski