Women's Water Polo Goes 1-1 on Opening Day of CWPA Eastern Championships
Charlotte Hendrix was voted match MVP in game one after totaling five points (Justine Agaloos).
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It was a tale of two games for the Harvard women's water polo team Friday at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships at Michigan's Canham Auditorium.
The Crimson roared out of the gates in the opener to defeat Notre Dame (Ohio), 15-4, in the opener before falling behind early against Hartwick en route to a 20-6 setback at the hands of the Hawks.
Freshman Charlotte Hendrix paced the offense with four goals and an assist against the Falcons, while Yoshi Andersen netted two goals and two assists. Elise Molnar and Shayna Price both had two goals and an assist, and Kalina Grabb also scored twice. Victoria Frager, Aisha Price and Jelena Cyr all found the back of the net once with Frager also dishing out two assists.
The Crimson took a commanding lead in the opening eight minutes, outscoring the Falcons, 7-1. Harvard continued its strong defensive effort in the second and didn't allow a single goal to push its advantage to 9-1 by the intermission.
Notre Dame closed to within six in the third period, making it 10-4; however, Harvard finished with a five-goal spurt in the fourth to knock off the Falcons.
Hendrix, Rachel Lobato, Andersen, Frager and Ariel Dukes all had three steals, as the Crimson finished with 17 as a team. Dukes also stopped five shots in net to anchor the strong defensive performance.
In the second contest, Hartwick flipped the script on Harvard with seven goals in the first stanza to build an insurmountable advantage.
Grabb led the offensive attack for the Crimson with two goals, and Shayna Price, Hendrix, Cyr and Andersen each had a tally.
While the Hawks struck seven times in the first, Harvard had just two scores to trail by five after the opening eight minutes. Hartwick then extended the lead to 10-3 at the break.
The Crimson could not cut into the deficit in the third, netting it's only goal on a penalty shot by Shayna Price, while the Hawks struck six more times.
In the fourth, Grabb and Cyr both scored, but it was not enough.
Ariel Dukes anchored the defense with four steals and four saves. Aisha and Shayna Price both had three thefts, and Andersen made two of her own.
Harvard returns to action in a consolation game tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. against George Washington.
Notre Dame (Ohio) 15-4 win
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S. Price 2
Hartwick 20-6 loss
A. Price 3
S. Price 3