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Women's Water Polo Wraps Up Regular Season With Three Games

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The Harvard women's water polo team concludes its regular season with a trip to Lewisburg, Pa., April 5-6 for three Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division games against Bucknell, Princeton and Mercyhurst.

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Last Time Out
After defeating George Washington, 10-8, in its first CWPA Southern Division game, Harvard headed to Brown for a midweek matchup. The Crimson dropped a 13-9 decision to fall to 1-1 in conference play.

Yoshi Andersen once against headlined the Crimson offense with five goals, while Shayna Price, Jelena Cyr, Melissa Balding and Alexis Del Toro each netted a single tally. Price chipped in three steals while Ariel Dukes made five stops in net.
Related Link: Women's Water Polo Falls, 13-9, at Brown

Around the CWPA
After the first two games of conference play, Princeton and Brown sit on top of the standings with an undefeated mark. Harvard and Bucknell both own a 1-1 record, while Mercyhurst and George Washington remain winless through two.

Share the Wealth
Nine Crimson student-athletes have reached double-figure scoring, while 14 of the 15 members of the squad have recorded at least one goal. Yoshi Andersen leads the Crimson in goals with 58, while Shayna Price isn't too far behind with 48 scores. Michelle Martinelli has buried 29 goals to lead all first year players and Melissa Balding has contributed 28 tallies.

Fantastic Four
Senior co-captain Shayna Price, sophomore Yoshi Andersen and rookies Michelle Martinelli and Melissa Balding headline the Crimson offense. The quartet of attackers has combined for 163 of Harvard's 258 goals (63.1 percent).

Top of the Class
Harvard's freshman class has jumped out of the gates to make an immediate impact in 2014. The group has accounted for 36.4 percent of goals (94/258), 39.8 percent of assists (65/163) and 34.6 percent of steals (78/225). Michelle Martinelli leads all first-year players with 29 goals, while Melissa Balding (28 goals) and Alexis Del Toro (22) are right behind. Zoe Osborne has chipped in eight goals while Jillian Dukes has added three scores. Del Toro leads her class with 14 assists and Martinelli has 18 steals.

A Familiar Field
Last season, Harvard posted a 3-3 record in Southern Division play. The Crimson defeated Mercyhurst, Bucknell and George Washington before falling to Brown twice and Princeton. The Crimson opened the 2013 Southern Division Championships with a 17-8 win over Mercyhurst before falling to Brown, 16-12. Harvard topped George Washington, 15-11 to finish the weekend in third place.

Racking up the Awards
The Crimson has won nine CWPA weekly awards this season. Most recently, Yoshi Andersen and Ariel Dukes took home Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively. It marks the second time Andersen has been honored by the CWPA with her first accolade coming Feb. 4, while this is the first time Dukes has been recognized.  Senior Jelena Cyr was tabbed Player of the Week Feb. 11. Balding earned Rookie of the Week nods March 11 and 17, Del Toro brought the honor to Cambridge Feb. 25 and March 17 and Michelle Martinelli was tabbed Rookie of the Week Feb. 4.
Related Link: Andersen Earns Second CWPA Weekly Award; Dukes Named Defensive Player of the Week

Movin' On Up
In his fourth season at the helm of the Harvard program, head coach Ted Minnis surpassed former head coach Erik Farrar (2005-10) and Jim Flerchinger (2000-03) to become the third winningest coach in program history with a 64-57 record. Minnis needs three more wins to move ahead of head coach Maureen Travers (1993-1997) who owns a 66-38 record and 18 more wins to exceed Chris Hafferty (1986-1991) who boasts an 81-28 record while at Harvard.

Scouting Report: Bucknell
Bucknell carries an 8-10 overall record and a 1-1 conference mark into the weekend.  Most recently, the Bison split a doubleheader in Erie, Pa., falling to Princeton 14-6, before coming back to down Mercyhust, 11-5.

Bucknell is led by a quartet of goal scorers. Julianne Valdes leads all scorers with 24 goals, while Hannah Sunday has added 21 and Mackenzie Ferry and Eleanor Marrs each have 17 scores to their credit. Rena Heim anchors Brown's defense as the senior has registered 136 saves throughout the 2014 season.

All-Time Against the Bison
Harvard and Bucknell will meet for the 35th time in program history, with the Crimson holding a slight 18-16-1 advantage in the all-time series results. Harvard has taken the last seven consecutive meetings with the Bison, with its last lose dating back to May 1, 2010.

Scouting Report: Princeton
Princeton, which is on an eight-game win streak, owns a 23-1 overall record and a 2-0 conference record heading into the final regular season weekend. The Tiger's lone loss came at the hands of No. 10 San Jose State March 15. More recently, Princeton cruised past Mercyhurst, 13-9 before topping Bucknell 14-6.

Princeton's offense is paced senior Katie Rigler who has buried a team-high 51 goals, while Ashley Hatcher (35 goals), Dina Murphy (34 goals), Molly McBee (34 goals) and Jessie Holecheck (32 goals) round out the top scorers. Ashleigh Johnson owns a .701 save percentage (110/258) in net for the Tigers.

All-Time Against the Tigers
Harvard trails Princeton, 32-11, in a series that dates back to 1984. In the second meeting of the season, the Crimson will look to snap a nine year, 16-game losing streak against the Tigers.

Scouting Report: Mercyhurst
Mercyhurst enters the weekend looking for its first conference win of the season. The Lakers currently sit at 9-8 overall and 0-2 in CWPA. Mercyhurst downed Notre Dame College (Ohio), 14-11, before falling to Princeton, 13-9 and Bucknell, 11-5. 

Cailin Jope leads Mercyhurst with 38 goals score, while Meagan Marques has 25 scores and Jena Clinch has chipped in 20. Jesse Sworden and Rachel Stock have split time in net for the Lakers.  Sworden has registered 124 saves, while Stock has 48.

All-Time Against the Lakers
Harvard owns a commanding 5-0 lead in the all-time series results. The Crimson's last win came April 13, 2013.

Looking Ahead
Harvard's Blodgett Pool will serve as the host site for the 2014 CWPA Southern Division Championship, April 12-13.