Photos courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography.
BRIDGEPORT, Pa.- Devan Kennifer and Laurel McCarthy of the Harvard women's water polo team took home two of the three Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division weekly awards. Kennifer was recognized as the Player of the Week and McCarthy was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week, announced by the CWPA league office.
Kenner tallied 11 goals and seven steals to lead Harvard to a 3-3 week. The sophomore posted a hat-trick against Fresno Pacific, buried a marker against No. 15 UC-Davis and registered hat-tricks in a win over No. 19 Cal State-East Bay and a loss to No. 17 Pacific. She concluded the week with a solo score in a 13-10 victory over Cal State-Monterey Bay to help the Crimson move to 11-8 on the season. This marks the second time this season that Kennifer has been named the Northern Division Player of the Week. She garnered the accolade March 8 for her performance at the Elite Eight tournament.
McCarthy turned away 28 shots in the week-long trip to the Golden State. The sophomore netminder made five saves in a 7-4 win over Fresno Pacific in just three periods of play. McCarthy turned aside three shots in losses to No. 15 UC-Davis and No. 7 San Jose State. McCarthy played a key role in helping the Crimson down No. 19 Cal State-East Bay, making four stops in the game. The sophomore blocked seven shots in a loss to No. 17 Pacific and six shots in a win over Cal State-Monterey Bay to close out the week. The award is the first weekly honor from the CWPA awarded to McCarthy and marks the first time a Harvard player has garnered the Defensive Player of the Week award since the accolade's inception prior to the 2010 season.