Kennifer Named COOP Athlete of the Week

Kennifer Named COOP Athlete of the Week

Photo of Devan Kennifer courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For her role in leading the Harvard women's water polo team to a sixth-place finish at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championship, Devan Kennifer has been named COOP Athlete of the Week for May 2, 2011.

Kennifer amassed seven goals, 11 steals and one assist over four games to earn first-team all-tournament honors and guide the Crimson to its best Eastern showing in six years.

The junior scored twice and added an assist and a pair of steals in a 17-3 opening-round win over Gannon. Kennifer followed that effort later Saturday with one score and two takeaways against No. 13 Indiana, a 7-6 quarterfinal loss to the tournament host and eventual champion.

On Sunday, the Monterey, Calif., native paced Harvard with three tallies and four steals in a 13-8 consolation-bracket victory over Bucknell. She scored a goal and led the team with three steals in an 11-8 loss to No. 20 Princeton in the fifth-place game.