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Women’s Water Polo Gets Past Mercyhurst, Falls to No. 13 Princeton at CWPA Easterns

Devan Kennifer registered eight goals in the first two games of the CWPA Eastern Championship

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 7 seed Harvard women's water polo team knocked off No. 10 seed Mercyhurst, 14-4, but fell to No. 2 seed Princeton, 9-6, at the CWPA Eastern Championship in Providence, R.I. Friday. Devan Kennifer scored eight goals on the day, including six in the first-round win.

Harvard cruised past Mercyhurst in the first round after jumping to a 6-2 lead after the first quarter. Kennifer netted three scores in the first eight minutes, while Aisha Price, Victoria Frager and Monica Zdrojewski also added tallies.

The Crimson extended its lead to 10-2 by halftime, behind solid play on the defensive end. Harvard goalie Ariel Dukes kept the Lakers scoreless in the second and ended the day with only two goals against,while contributing four saves, in 16 minutes of action.

Jasmine Griffin relieved Dukes in the second half and produced an identical four-save, two-goals-against line.

Zdrojewski ended the day with a hat trick, while A. Price scored twice and Elise Molnar and Shayna Price also added second-half goals.

The win marks the second straight year the Crimson has won its CWPA Eastern Championship opener, as Harvard beat Gannon, 17-3, in its first-round matchup last season.

In the nightcap, Harvard played No.13-ranked Princeton to a 3-3 tie at halftime, but eventually fell, 9-6. The Tigers used a four-goal third period to propel its way to the win.

Zdrojewski and Kennifer each found the back of the cage twice and Dukes made four saves on the defensive end.

Princeton was led by sophomore Katie Rigler in the contest. The Southern Division Player of the Year scored four times to add to her team lead.

The Crimson will return to the pool tomorrow when it faces Indiana at 2 p.m. The No. 3 seed Hoosiers were upset by No. 6 seed Brown, 5-4, in earlier action. A win would put Harvard in the 5th-place game, while a loss would send the squad to the 7th-place cgame.


Harvard 14, Mercyhurst 4
Goals
Aisha Price 2
Devan Kennifer 6
Elise Molnar
Monica Zdrojewski 3
Victoria Frager
Shayna Price 

Assists
Aisha Price 2
Jelena Cyr
Devan Kennifer 3
Riley Kessler
Monica Zdrojewski 2
Victoria Frager
Shayna Price 2

Steals
Aisha Price 3
Jelena Cyr 2
Devan Kennifer
Riley Kessler
Elise Molnar 3
Monica Zdrojewski
Victoria Frager 3
Kalina Grabb
Shayna Price 

Saves
Ariel Dukes 5
Jasmine Griffin

Princeton 9, Harvard 6
Goals
Shannon Purcell
Devan Kennifer 2
Elise Molnar
Monica Zdrojewski 2
 
Assists
Shannon Purcell
Devan Kennifer
Elise Molnar
Monica Zdrojewski
Shayna Price

Steals
Aisha Price 2
Devan Kennifer 3
Elise Molnar
Monica Zdrojewski 3
Victoria Frager 
Shayna Price 2
Ariel Dukes 2 

Saves
Ariel Dukes 5