Patty Smith (pictured), along with classmate Shami Entenman, will participate in their final home games of their career at Blodgett Pool (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
It's Senior Day at Blodgett Pool, as the Harvard women's water polo team takes on Connecticut College and Marist in a doubleheader as its final home games of 2011. Seniors Patty Smith and Shami Entenman.
Last Time Out
Junior co-captain Devan Kennifer notched five scores and had five takeaways on the defensive end to lead the Crimson in a 12-8 win over visiting Wagner Sunday. Harvard totaled 17 steals as a team, with eight players recording at least one takeaway and five grabbing two or more.
Harvard will use Saturday's doubleheader as a final tune-up for a stretch of seven Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) games beginning April 9. Devan Kennifer leads all scorers for Harvard with 50 goals. Classmate Monica Zdrojewski has 39 scores and sophomore Aisha Price has found the back of the net 35 times. Junior Shannon Purcell has been running the offense with a team-leading 30 assists and Kennifer has been a force on defense with 56 steals this season.
About Connecticut College
The Camels (4-7) took a week off after winning three of their five games at the Penn State-Behrend Round Robin Tournament March 19-20. The team has gone over double-digits in goals four times this season and is averaging 8.55 goals per game.
Harvard has never lost to Connecticut College, holding a commanding 23-0 lead in the all-time series that began in 2000. The Crimson has failed to reach double-digit goals against the Camels just three times, while the Camels have never scored 10 or more against Harvard in 23 tries.
The Red Foxes (11-15) picked up two wins at the Lancer Tournament hosted by California Baptist, March 18-19. Their two wins at the end of the trip snapped a four-game losing streak. Through 24 games, Marist was led in scoring by Jackie Puccino with 33 goals. Rosie Pauli was the team's leading assists person with 18, and goalie Alexis Solar had 154 saves in 20 appearances.
Marist and Harvard met once already this season, a Feb. 20 game that went to the Red Foxes by a score of 13-10 at their own Marist Tournament. That extended the Red Foxes' win streak in the series to six games, giving them a 6-2 edge all-time over the Crimson.
The Crimson upped the defensive effort against Wagner Sunday in holding its opponent under 10 goals for the 12th time this spring. Harvard is 11-1 when holding opponents to nine goals or less this season.
This spring's freshman class has made quite a splash for Harvard this year, making significant contributions on both ends of the pool in the players' first collegiate season. Jelena Cyr, Christy DiSilvestro, Riley Kessler, Shayna Price and Jamie Williams have totaled 65 goals, 34 assists and 62 steals as a quintet, amounting to 28 percent of the Crimson's scoring this season and 25 percent of the team's takeaways and helpers.
Double It Up
Harvard's offense has been lighting up the scoreboard all season long, totaling 232 goals as a team and reaching double digits in scoring 12 times. The Crimson is 7-1 in games decided by 10 goals or more.
Devan Kennifer has been putting in effort on offense and defense this season, leading the team in both goals and steals with 50 scores and 56 takeaways. Her 50 tallies outdistance the nearest teammate by 11 and give her a goals per game average of 2.5, while her 56 steals are 19 better than teammate Aisha Price's 37 so far this season.
On three different occasions this season, the Crimson has received votes in the CWPA Top-20 poll, most recently in the March 16 poll as the team was in the midst of its seven-game West Coast swing.
Harvard heads to Lewisburg, Pa., to take on Princeton and host Bucknell in two CWPA games. Action starts at 10 a.m. inside the Bison's Kinney Natatorium.