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Women's Water Polo Picks Up Three Wins in Harvard Home Kick Off

Shayna Price scored six goals in Harvard's season-opening win over Iona (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In three games Saturday, the Harvard women's water polo team jumped out to early leads en route to victories in the Harvard Home Kick Off at Blodgett Pool.

In the opener, the Crimson (2-0) scored the first three goals of the game and held off a late Iona comeback attempt to prevail, 15-13, before racing out to a 10-goal lead en route to an 18-6 victory over Villanova. Later, the Crimson downed COMA, a club team out of Montreal, Que., 12-8, in the afternoon finale.

Junior Shayna Price led the way with six goals in the opener, while freshman Yoshi Andersen tallied three goals and four assists. Fellow rookie Charlotte Hendrix contributed a hat trick, as well, and two assists. Senior co-captain Aisha Price had one goal and three assists, and junior Jelena Cyr and sophomore Victoria Frager each added one goal and one assist apiece.

Harvard stormed out of the gates in the first period, tallying six goals, including the first three of the game; however, Iona netted five to keep it close. In the second stanza, both defenses clamped down, but Harvard continued to stretch the lead, outscoring the Gaels, 3-2, to take a two-goal advantage into the break.

Iona chipped into the deficit in the third after netting four goals to the Crimson's three, but Harvard managed to keep the Gaels at bay in the fourth quarter. The Crimson surrendered just two goals in the frame and had three of its own to make the final margin of victory two.

Ariel Dukes made 12 saves in net and also had a steal for the Crimson. Frager anchored the defenders in front of Dukes, recording five steals, while Andersen had four and Rachel Lobato made two.

In its second game of the day, the Crimson opened up an even bigger margin, netting the first 10 goals of the game, to sprint past the Wildcats.

Aisha Price paced the offensive attack with five goals, and Hendrix added four goals and two assists. Kalina Grabb chipped in a hat trick, while Andersen contributed three goals and three assists. Elise Molnar added two goals, and Cyr added one goal and two helpers to round out the scoring. Victoria Frager also added two assists.

Harvard jumped all over the Wildcats in the first eight minutes, blanketing them defensively to take a 6-0 lead. The strong effort continued on the defensive end in the second period, as Villanova was held to a second tally that came on a penalty shot, to send the Crimson into the break with an 11-1 advantage.

In the second half, the Wildcats outscored Harvard, 2-1, in the third before the Crimson erupted for its second six-goal period of the game and third of the day to lock up its second win of the afternoon.

Dukes continued her strong play in net, stopping nine shots, while Andersen recorded four more thefts. Grabb and Shayna Price had three steals apiece, and Cyr chipped in two more.

In the finale, Harvard blanked its opponent, COMA, for the second straight game in the opening quarter to jump out to yet another early advantage before holding off the Montreal club late.

Aisha Price led the team in scoring for the second straight contest with four goals, and the senior co-captain added four steals on the defensive end, while Andersen netted her third hat trick of the day and made another three thefts, as well. Molnar found  the back of the net twice, and Shayna Price, Lobato and Hendrix all had single strikes with Hendrix assisting on four goals as well for the Crimson offense. 

Harvard was held to just three goals while CAMO was shutout in the opening stanza, as both squads battle the fatigue of playing three games in one day.

The Crimson appeared to be gaining momentum as it tacked on the first three goals of the second period to break the game open before CAMO came storming back, cutting the Harvard advantage in half by the break.

After the intermission, Harvard settled back in and played CAMO evenly, 3-3, in the third, and won the fourth, 2-1, to close the day with a perfect 3-0 mark.

Dukes made five stops in net for the Crimson, who travel to New Jersey next weekend for the Princeton Invitational.

 

 

Stats
Iona 15-13 Win

Goals
S. Price 6
Andersen 3
Hendrix 3
A. Price
Cyr
Frager

Assists
A. Price 3
Hendrix 2
Andersen 4
Cyr
Frager

Steals
Frager 5
Andersen 4
Lobato 2
A. Price
S. Price
Dukes

Saves
Dukes 12

Villanova 18-6 Win

Goals
A. Price 5
Hendrix 4
Grabb 3
Andersen 3
Molnar 2
Cyr

Assists
Andersen 3
Frager 2
Cyr 2
Hendrix 2
Molnar
S. Price

Steals
Andersen 4
Grabb 3
S. Price 3
Cyr 2
Molnar
Lobato
Dukes

Saves
Dukes 9

CAMO 12-8 Win

Goals
A. Price 4
Andersen 3
Molnar 2
S. Price
Lobato
Hendrix

Assists
Hendrix 4
Andersen 3
Molnar
A. Price

Steals
A. Price 4
Cyr 2
Molnar 2
Frager 2
S. Price
Andersen
Hendrix
Dukes

Saves
Dukes 5