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Women's Water Polo Falls to Two Ranked Opponents at Harvard Invite

Andersen finished the day with five goals (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).

Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's water polo team dropped both its games to two ranked opponents on the first day of the Harvard Invite. The Crimson was first edged by No. 20 Michigan, 16-10, before dropping its last game to No. 16 San Diego State, 12-8. Harvard is now 7-5 on the season. 

Harvard and Michigan battled back and fourth in the first frame, with the Big Blue holding a one-goal advantage at the end. In the second, Michigan built on its momentum, finding the back of the net four times and limited Harvard to just two scores. 

In the third stanza, the Crimson played the Big Blue to an even three goals, while in the final eight minutes, Michigan buried three more goals to secure the win. 

Yoshi Andersen and Shayna Price headlined the Crimson offense with three goals apiece, the duo has now notched six hat trick efforts this season. Charlotte Hendrix and Michelle Martinelli each added two scores. Price and Hendrix also dished out three helpers, while defensively Ariel Dukes tallied four steals and six saves. 

Harvard came out strong in the second game, outscoring No. 16 San Diego State, 5-3 in the first frame. The Aztecs turned things around to limit Harvard to just three goals across the next three stanzas, while outscoring the Crimson. 

Price and Andersen each buried two goals for Harvard, while Martinelli, Melissa Balding, Jelena Cyr and Jillian Dukes added one apiece. Ariel Dukes made 10 saves. 

Harvard returns to action Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m. to take on Marist before honoring the two graduating seniors at the final game of the weekend against Santa Clara at 3:30 p.m.

Harvard 10, Michigan 16
Goals

Andersen, 3
Price, 3
Hendrix, 2
Martinelli, 2 

Assists
 
Price, 3
Hendrix, 3
Osborne

Steals

A. Dukes, 4
Price, 2
Osborne, 2
Balding
Lobato

Saves
A. Dukes, 6 

Harvard 8, San Diego State 12

Goals
Price, 2
Andersen, 2 
Balding
Cyr
Martinelli
J. Dukes 

Assists
Grabb
Frager 
Price
A. Dukes

Steals
Price, 3
Frager, 2
Balding
Lobato
Andersen
Martinelli

Saves
A. Dukes, 10