Harvard Women's Water Polo Travels to Pennsylvania for ECAC Championship

Harvard Women's Water Polo Travels to Pennsylvania for ECAC Championship

The Harvard women's water polo team has scored 15 or more goals in seven games this season (Harvard Athletic Communications).

ECAC Championship Preview:

The Particulars
The Harvard women's water polo team heads to Lewisburg, Pa., this weekend for the ECAC Championship hosted Bucknell, where it will enter as the No. 6 seed and take on third-seeded Brown Saturday in a rematch of Wednesday's Collegiate Water Polo Association opener at Blodgett Pool.

Game 1 – No. 1 Princeton vs. No. 8 Wagner, 9 a.m.
Game 2 – No. 4 Marist vs. No. 5 Maryland, 10:30 a.m.
Game 3 – No. 2 Bucknell vs. No. 7 Iona, 12 p.m.
Game 4 – No. 3 Brown vs. No. 6 Harvard, 1:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1, 4 p.m.
Game 6 – Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3, 5:30 p.m.
Game 7 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 7 p.m.
Game 8 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:30 p.m.

7th Place – Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 5, 10 a.m.
5th Place – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 11:30 a.m.
3rd Place – Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7, 1 p.m.
1st Place – Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 2:30 p.m.

About Harvard
The Crimson (7-2, 1-0 CWPA) has gone over the double-digit mark in goals eight times in its nine games this season, including putting up 15 goals or more in seven contests. Harvard is averaging 15.1 goals per game as a team this season, led by junior co-captain Devan Kennifer's 26 scores. Freshman Shayna Price and junior Monica Zdrojewski are close behind with 22 goals apiece, while junior Shannon Purcell has been running the offense with a team-leading 18 assists.

The Rest of the Field
The Bears (1-4, 0-1 CWPA) opened their season at the Princeton Invitational, earning a win over Villanova and falling in games against Pacific, Colorado State and host Princeton. Wednesday the Bears visited Blodgett Pool and suffered a 15-5 setback at the hands of the Crimson.

Brown and Harvard have played 96 times since 1984 with the Crimson holding a 53-42-1 advantage. The two teams split their two matchups last season, but heading into 2010 Brown had won 11 straight from 2007-09. Both squads own two separate winnings streaks of 10 or more games each, with Harvard claiming the longest such streak at 24 from 1985-91.

The Bison (4-3) return home after going 0-3 at the Maryland Invitational last weekend. All three of those losses came by four goals or less. Bucknell opened the season with four straight wins at its own Bison Invitational, where it outscored opponents, 44-19. Julianne Valdes leads the team with 16 goals and seven assists.

The Bison hold a 15-11-1 series advantage over Harvard. The two teams have split their last six meetings dating back to 2009, with every game being decided by two goals or less.

The Gaels (3-2) split its two games at the Marist Tournament last weekend and picked up two wins against Villanova and Boston College during the opening weekend at Blodgett Pool. Harvard defeated Iona, 17-7, Feb. 5.

The Crimson has never lost to the Gaels, holding a 9-0 series lead, including the 17-7 victory earlier this season. Iona had been getting closer and closer to a win, closing the final score deficit from four goals in 2002 to one goal last season, but Harvard's 10-goal win Feb. 5 set that progress off track.

The Red Foxes (4-5) travelled to California to open the season and took on three nationally-ranked teams. In its own home tournament last weekend, Marist picked up three victories, including a 13-10 win over Harvard, and suffered a close loss to No 15 Hartwick, 15-11.

Marist owns a 6-2 advantage all-time over Harvard with all six wins coming consecutively from 2006 to this season's 13-10 win at the Marist Invitational. All of Marist's wins have come by three goals or less.

The Terrapins (2-4) opened the season in California and earned a 12-3 win over Sonoma State. After splitting two games in its own invitational last weekend, Maryland enters the ECAC Championship as the No. 5 seed.

The Terrapins lead the all-time series over Harvard, 14-3. Maryland has won six straight in the series, with all six wins coming by four goals or less.

No. 20 Princeton
The Tigers (3-1) are coming off a 12-day break from competition after opening the season with three win at their own Princeton Invitiational. Brittany Zwirner leads the team with eight goals and 11 steals, while Audrey Zak is the team leader in assists with six.

Princeton leads Harvard all-time with a 23-11 record in the series. The Tigers have won seven in a row and 19 of the last 20 meetings, with the Crimson's lone win during that stretch coming in 2004.

The Seahawks (6-1) went undefeated at last weekend's Maryland Invitational and earned three wins at the season-opening Bucknell Inviatational Feb. 12-13, with their lone loss coming to ECAC Championship host and No. 2 seed Bucknell, 11-4.

The Crimson holds a 5-4 edge over Wagner in the all-time series. Harvard won both meetings between the two teams last season by scores of 10-8 (OT) and 14-9, respectively.

Up Next
Harvard will take a week off before heading out on a week-long, seven-game road trip to California March 13-19 to take on some of the country's best teams.