CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team presented its awards for the 2014 season at the team's end-of-the-year banquet Monday night at the Harvard Club of Boston. Student-athletes, friends and coaches of Harvard water polo gathered as four honors were handed out.
Senior co-captain Shayna Price, sophomore Yoshi Andersen and freshmen Eela Nagaraj and Melissa Balding were all honored at the banquet. Price was named the Most Valuable Player, Andersen garnered the Coaches' Award, Nagaraj was named Most Improved Player and Balding was tabbed Rookie of the Year.
Price finished her last season at Harvard with 59 goals, 31 assists and 34 steals to earn team MVP. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native was named to the CWPA Southern Division second-team honors for her efforts in the pool.
Yoshi Andersen finished the season with a team-high 72 goals and 37 assists to her credit, while chipping in 31 steals to earn the 2014 Coaches' Award. She netted a team-high 14 hat tricks. An attack from Laguna Beach, Calif., garnered her first Southern Division first-team accolades, and collected two CWPA Player of the Week Awards.
Nagaraj's effort and dedication in and out of the pool guided her to Most Improved Accolades. The Los Altos Hills, Calif., native finished her inaugural season in Cambridge with two goals, 12 assists and 10 steals.
The top-scoring freshman on the team, Balding amassed 35 goals, five assists and 13 steals in 35 appearances to receive the Rookie of the Year nod after a stellar inaugural collegiate campaign. The Costa Mesa, Calif., native also became just the second individual in program history to earn CWPA Rookie of the Year distinctions. Balding picked up four CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week honors throughout her first season.
Harvard finished the season with a 15-20 overall record. The Crimson took fourth place at the Southern Division Championship and earned an at-large bid to the CWPA Championship, where Harvard finished seventh.