PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Harvard women's water polo team battled to the end against Wagner and Iona, but it wasn't enough as the Crimson dropped a pair of games at the CWPA/MAAC Crossover Saturday at Villanova.
The Crimson fell behind early to the Seahawks before dropping a 10-8 decision, while Harvard held an early lead against the Gaels in the teams' second meeting of the season, but Iona rallied past to earn a 17-14 win.
Aisha Price paced the Crimson in the opener with a hat trick, two assists and five steals, while Yoshi Andersen netted three goals and recorded two thefts. Charlotte Hendrix added two more tallies to round out the scoring.
Wagner jumped out to a 4-3 advantage after the opening eight minutes and stretched the advantage to two by halftime, outscoring Harvard, 3-2, in the second.
After the intermission, both defenses took over as each team allowed just three goals in the second half. Both the Crimson and Seahawks struck twice in the third and just once in the fourth to allow Wagner to escape with the narrow two-goal win.
In the evening contest against the Gaels, Shayna Price delivered four goals and two assists. Her sister, Aisha, added three goals and an assist and matched her career-high with six steals. Hendrix and Andersen both contributed two goals and two assists, while Rachel Lobato found the back of the net twice and Kalina Grabb did once.
The Crimson struck for four goals in the first to take a one-goal advantage, but it did not last long as Iona tallied five scores to Harvard's three in the second to enter the break up by a single marker.
Iona would continue to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Crimson by one in the third (5-4) and fourth (4-3) to even up the season series at one.
Dukes stopped seven shots in goal and made three steals. Molnar matched her for the second game in a row with three takeaways, and Victoria Frager made two.
Harvard returns to action Sunday against Villanova and Siena to wrap up the CWPA/MAAC Crossover.
Wagner 10-8 loss
A. Price 3
A. Price 2
A. Price 5
Iona 17-14 loss
S. Price 4
A. Price 3
S. Price 2
A. Price 6