ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Women's Water Polo Pulls Away from George Washington, Falls to Princeton

Aisha Price totaled five goals for the Crimson Saturday against George Washington (Justine Agaloos). 

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's water polo team split its Saturday contests at Princeton's Denunzio Pool Saturday.

The Crimson scored five goals in the fourth quarter to pull away from George Washington, 12-6, Saturday afternoon before falling to Princeton, 17-9, in the nightcap in Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division play. The split means the Crimson will be the third seed in the upcoming CWPA Southern Division Tournament.

The Crimson (14-10, 3-1) used the fourth-quarter surge to break open a contest that had been tightly contested throughout with the Colonials. Aisha Price led the way with five goals and an assist, while Charlotte Hendrix tallied three goals and handed out a helper. Jelena CyrElise MolnarShayna Price and Victoria Frager all had a score with Frager chipping in a team-high two assists. 

In the opening stanza, both Price sisters found the back of the net to keep the contest tied at two before Harvard tried to pull away in the second. Aisha Price added two more scores, and Hendrix struck for two, as well, to give Harvard a 6-3 advantage at the break.

However, after the intermission, the Colonials stymied the Harvard offensive attack, limiting it to just a Hendrix tally in the third to keep the contest close. However, the Crimson also clamped down defensively, allowing just two goals to enter the fourth with a 7-5 advantage. 

Aisha Price continued her scoring surge with another two goals in the closing eight minutes, and Cyr, Molnar and Frager also got in on the act to give Harvard a comfortable six-goal victory. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Ariel Dukes stopped seven shots in net, including a five-meter penalty shot midway through the fourth quarter, to anchor the Harvard defensive effort. Hendrix added three steals, and Aisha Price, Molnar and Frager chipped in two thefts apiece. 

In the second contest, the Tigers took an early lead and the Crimson could never recover.

Shayna Price paced the offense with three goals, while Molnar and Rachel Lobato both delivered two tallies. Hendrix added a goal and three assists, and Victoria Frager delivered one score.

Princeton stormed out of the gates to take a 7-2 advantage after the first period. Harvard tried to respond in the second, netting five goals, but the Tigers added four of their own to hold a 11-7 advantage at the intermission.

Following the break, the Tigers pulled away, outscoring Harvard 6-2 in the second half to earn the win and the top seed in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Tournament.

On the defensive end, Dukes made four saves and recorded a career-high three steals. Yoshi Andersen and Shayna Price chipped in two thefts apiece.

Harvard returns to action tomorrow against Cal State Bakersfield and Arizona State in Providence, R.I. 

Stats
George Washington 12-6 win
Goals
A. Price 5
Hendrix 3
Cyr
Molnar
Frager
S. Price

Assists
Frager 2
A. Price
Hendrix
Molnar
S. Price
Dukes 

Steals
Hendrix 3
A. Price 2
Molnar 2
Frager 2
Lobato

Saves
Dukes 7

Princeton 17-9 loss
Goals
S. Price 3
Molnar 2
Lobato 2
Hendrix
Frager

Assists
Hendrix 3
A. Price
Cyr
Frager
S. Price
Dukes

Steals
Dukes 3
Andersen 2
S. Price 2
A. Price
Molnar
Grabb

Saves
Dukes 4