6 Shannon Purcell
6 - Shannon Purcell
Height: 5-6
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
High School: Monte Vista
Position: Attack
House Affiliation: Pforzheimer

Received Harvard's Most Improved Player award ... Notched a goal against Villanova (Feb. 6), Siena (Feb. 6) and New York Athletic Club (Feb. 7) at Harvard Invitational ... Notched a pair of goals against Iona (Feb. 20) and Wagner (Feb. 20) at Princeton Invitational ... Tallied a goal against Wagner (Feb. 27) at the ECAC Championships ... Notched a score against Bucknell at the Elite Eight (March 7) … Logged a pair of goals against Fresno Pacific (March 15) … Buried a goal against San Jose State (March 17) ... Scored twice in Harvard’s win over No. 19 Cal State East Bay (March 19) … Buried two markers against Marist (March 27) … Netted a goal against No. 11 Hartwick (April 10) … Tallied a goal against Brown (April 18) ... Scored twice against No. 7 Michigan (April 30), Bucknell (May 1) and Maryland (May 2) at the Eastern Championship.

Scored a goal in season opener against NYAC (Feb. 14) ... Netted two goals against Villanova (Feb. 21) ... Had a tally against George Washington (Feb. 22) ... Scored four times against Bucknell and twice against Maryland (Feb. 28) ... Had a hat trick against NYAC (March 14) ... Netted two goals in Harvard's 8-7 win at Sonoma State (March 22) ... Had a goal and a steal in victory over UC Santa Cruz and tallied a goal later in the day against UC Davis (March 26) ... Scored a hat trick at Cal State Monterey Bay (March 27) ... Netted a score against Connecticut College (April 5) ... Tallied two goals against Brown at Northern Division Championship (April 18) ... Scored twice against Connecticut College and Utica at Northern Division Championship (April 19) ... Netted a goal against Indiana at Eastern Championship (April 25) ... Tallied a score in win over Bucknell at Easterns (April 26).

High School:
Attended Monte Vista High and earned three letters in water polo and two in swimming ... Captained both teams as senior ... Two-time All-East Bay Athletic League selection for water polo and swimming ... Water Polo Rookie of the Year in 2006 ... Recognized as All-America in swimming in 2007 ... Named team's Most Improved Varsity Swimmer ... Water polo squad won back-to-back North Coast Section championships ... Team won three consecutive All-East Bay Athletic League titles ... Water Polo Academic All-America member ... AP Scholar with distinction ... National Honor Society member ... Named to California Scholarship Federation with highest honors ... Recipient of Lucia Venos Memorial Award for outstanding performance in water polo and swimming.

Father, William, was an All-America water polo player at California, helping the Bears win the 1974 and 1975 NCAA titles ... Uncle, Jim, was also an All-America water polo player at California, winning the NCAA championship in 1976 and 1977 ... Brother, John, was an All-America water polo player at UC Santa Barbara ... Sister, Colleen, plays soccer at California ... Aunt, Maureen O'Toole, captured the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in water polo.