Aisha Price netted six goals in her final game at Blodgett Pool (Justine Agaloos).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team tried to mount a fourth-quarter comeback, but it wasn't enough , as the Crimson fell to Brown, 12-10, Wednesday night at Blodgett Pool on Senior Night.
Harvard, which trailed by four entering the final stanza, was able to cut the deficit to two with just under three minutes remaining; however, the Bears were able to fend off the rally attempt and hang on for the win.
In her final home game, senior Aisha Price led the way with six goals and two assists for Harvard (13-10, 2-1). Charlotte Hendrix and Yoshi Andersen added two scores and one helper apiece, while Shayna Price handed out three assists. Fellow class of 2013 member Elise Molnar and Victoria Frager also contributed assists on the evening.
In the first period, Harvard struck first on Aisha Price's first tally of the game to take an advantage less than a minute into the contest. Brown responded by scoring four of the final five goals in the frame to stretch its advantage to two entering the second.
The Bears carried the momentum into following eight minutes with the first two goals of the stanza to push its advantage to four. Price found the range again to conclude a long scoring drought for Harvard before Andersen got on the board to cut the deficit to two entering the break.
In the third period, both teams had their defenses takeover the contest with Brown netting three goals to the Crimson's one to hold a 9-5 lead entering the final period.
In the fourth quarter, Harvard chipped away at the deficit, as the Bears attempted to run out the clock. With just under three minutes remaining, the Crimson had closed the gap to 10-8, but the Bears managed to use almost the entire shot clock before striking for what would prove to be the game-winning score. Harvard continued to try and claw its way back into the game, getting two more tallies, but it wasn't enough to overcome Brown's early advantage.
On the defensive end, Aisha Price and Hendrix tallied three steals apiece, while Shayna Price swiped the ball twice. Ariel Dukes added a steal and stopped four shots in net.
Harvard returns to action Saturday at Princeton with games against George Washington and the Tigers.
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Senior captains Elise Molnar (left) and Aisha Price (right) pose with head coach Ted Minnis prior to Thursday night's contest (OAC).