Women's Water Polo Hits The Road for the CWPA/MAAC Crossover this Weekend
Kalina Grabb and the rest of the Crimson will look to continue their winning ways this weekend (Justine Agaloos).
The Harvard women's water polo team heads to Philadelphia, Pa., for four games in the CWPA/MAAC Crossover Saturday and Sunday. The Crimson takes on Wagner, Iona, Villanova and Siena in the two-day event.
Last Time Out
After going 3-0 opening weekend, Harvard split its four games at the Princeton Invitational Feb. 9-10, dropping a pair of games to top 10 teams. Harvard fell to No. 4 California, 14-5, before getting edged by No. 10 Princeton, 11-7, in Saturday's contests. Harvard closed the weekend strong, dominating NYAC, 20-9, and Villanova, 19-4, in Sunday's games to improve to 5-2 on the year. Charlotte Hendrix paced the Crimson offense with 10 goals in the final two games, including a career-high seven against NYAC.
Through the first two weekends of the season, the Crimson sits at 5-2 overall behind an explosive offense anchored by a pair of freshmen. Rookie Charlotte Hendrix tops the team in goals with 19 and ranks second in assists with 12, while fellow class of 2016 member Yoshi Andersen leads the squad in assists (15) and steals (13) and is second in goals (18). Senior co-captain Aisha Price is third on the team in goals (16) and assists (11), and her sister, Shayna, is fourth in goals (13) and is tied for second in thefts (10). On the defensive end, Ariel Dukes has made 56 saves in net.
About Wagner (Team Page)
The Seahawks bring a 5-3 record into the weekend, relying heavily on the strength of their defense. In all five of its wins, Wagner has allowed less than 10 goals, and it has only surrendered more than 10 goals twice. In its last time out, the Seahawks toppled Mercyhurst, 13-6, and Brown, 13-5, and lost to Princeton, 16-8, and Indiana, 15-11. Overall, Wagner is averaging 10 goals per game and giving up 8.25 per contest.
Series History Against The Seahawks
Harvard leads the all-time series against Wagner, 7-4, and has won the last four meetings between the two schools. In last year's meeting, the Crimson triumphed, 16-13, behind a career-high seven goals from Aisha Price.
About Iona (Team Page)
After dropping its first game of the season to Harvard, 15-13, the Gaels have rattled off six consecutive wins. Iona steamrolled through the St. Francis Invitational, defeating Cornell, 16-1, St. Francis, 23-12, and the Boston University club team, 18-2, in the one-day event. The Gaels also went 3-1 at the Harvard Home Kick Off, defeating Villanova, CAMO and the BU club team.
Series History Against The Gaels
If recent history is any indicator, the contest against the Gaels will be a close one. In the last five meetings between the universities, the score has been decided by two goals or less each time. Harvard took this year's first meeting, 15-13, while the two squads played a trio of one-goal games in 2012. Overall, the Crimson leads the all-time series, 11-3.
About Villanova (Team Page)
The Wildcats are 0-10 in 2013 due to offensive struggles in 2013. Villanova is averaging just 4.4 goals per game while allowing 14 per contest. In its two meetings with Harvard, the Wildcats have been outscored, 37-10. Last weekend, Villanova traveled to the Bucknell Invite and lost to Indiana, 12-3, Bucknell, 9-4, and George Washington, 11-6.
Series History vs. the Wildcats
Harvard has won 18 of the 20 games played between the two schools, including both of this year's matchups. The Crimson topped Villanova, 18-6, at the Harvard Home Kick Off before knocking them off again, 19-4, at the Princeton Invitational.
About Siena (Team Page)
The Saints will begin their 2013 campaign this weekend after being tabbed to finish sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Siena finished fourth last year, going 4-8 in conference play and 9-21 overall. The top two point scorers were lost to graduation; however, every other member of the team returns including Melanie Boehrig, who finished third on the team with 71 points on 38 goals and 33 assists, and Lea Allen, who tallied 36 goals and 31 assists for 67 points.
Series History Against the Saints
Harvard has won all six matchups in the series that dates back to 2004. The two schools last met in 2011 when the Crimson prevailed, 19-6.
Blodgett Pool will serve as the host site for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Water Polo National Championship May 10-12. It is the first time that Harvard will hold the event and only the second time it has been held on the East Coast. The last – and only other time - the event was held on the shores of the Atlantic was in 2009 when it was in Maryland.
Harvard heads to Erie, Pa., for three games in two days against Mercyhurst, Bucknell and Gannon.