ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Women’s Water Polo Extends Win Streak to Four

Devan Kennifer scored four times against Wagner and once versus Villanova, as the Crimson won two contests at the MAAC/East Challenge Saturday (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).

PRINCETON, N.J. – A pair of victories over opponents from the MAAC conference pushed the Harvard women's water polo team's winning streak to four games, as the Crimson downed Wagner, 16-13, and Villanova, 15-1, Saturday. The matchups were part of the MAAC/East Challenge which will conclude tomorrow in Princeton, N.J.

Wagner (4-8) challenged the Crimson (6-2), scoring at least three goals in every frame, but Harvard's offense triumphed with a season high 16 goals.

Aisha Price led the way, finding the back of the cage seven times in the opener. The junior opened the 2012 campaign with seven consecutive hat trick after her seven-goal performance.

Harvard held the lead throughout against the Seahawks, but by slim margins. The Crimson was up by one score at halftime, 7-6, and took a two-goal advantage, 11-9, into the final frame, before finishing off Wagner by a three-goal edge.  

Devan Kennifer added four goals for the Crimson and Monica Zdrojewski dished out five assists. Ariel Dukes had five saves, a steal and an assists in the win.

In game two of the day, Jasmine Griffin came up with 11 saves and led Harvard to an easy 15-1 win over Villanova (0-8). It was the Crimson's third victory over the Wildcats by a combined 42-5 score. Harvard took a 9-0 lead into halftime before coasting to victory.

Seven Harvard players had multiple steals against Villanova, led by Shayna Price with six. Zdrojewski provided the offensive lift with four goals.

Harvard will look to avenge one of its two losses this season when it takes on Iona at 9 a.m. tomorrow to conclude the MAAC/East Challenge. The Gaels edged Harvard, 15-14, in the Crimson's season opener Feb. 4.

Wagner, W 16-13
Goals
Aisha Price 7
Lizzie Abbott
Shannon Purcell
Devan Kennifer 4
Monica Zdrojewski 2
Victoria Frager 

Assists
Aisha Price
Lizzie Abbott 2
Shannon Purcell 2
Jelena Cyr
Devan Kennifer 2
Monica Zdrojewski 5
Shayna Price
Ariel Dukes 

Steals
Aisha Price 2
Lizzie Abbott
Shannon Purcell
Jelena Cyr
Devan Kennifer 7
Monica Zdrojewski
Victoria Frager
Kalina Grabb
Shayna Price 6
Ariel Dukes 

Saves
Ariel Dukes 5 

Villanova, W 15-1
Goals
Lizzie Abbott
Shannon Purcell
Jelena Cyr
Devan Kennifer
Riley Kessler
Monica Zdrojewski 4
Victoria Frager 3
Kalina Grabb
Shayna Price 2 

Assists
Shannon Purcell 2
Devan Kennifer 3
Riley Kessler 2
Monica Zdrojewski 2
Kalina Grabb 2
Shayna Price
Jasmine Griffin 

Steals
Lizzie Abbott
Shannon Purcell 2
Jelena Cyr 2
Devan Kennifer 2
Riley Kessler
Monica Zdrojewski 3
Victoria Frager 4
Kalina Grabb 2
Shayna Price 6 

Saves
Jasmine Griffin 11