Pair of Southern Division Foes on Deck for Women’s Water Polo

Pair of Southern Division Foes on Deck for Women’s Water Polo

Devan Kennifer leads the Crimson in assists and steals this season (photo Gil Talbot).

 The Harvard women?s water polo team will travel to Washington, D.C., March 31 for a doubleheader with College Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division opponents. The Crimson will take on Mercyhurst at 10 a.m. and George Washington at 1:30 p.m.

The Crimson (10-9, 2-1) sits in third place of the Southern Division behind leaders No. 18 Princeton (20-3, 4-0) and Brown (12-12, 3-2). Harvard beat Brown, 7-5, in its last game and trails the Bears, which have played two more conference games, by two points in the standings. The Crimson is led by Aisha Price and Devan Kennifer, who have each tallied over 40 goals this season. Price has scored 48 times, while Kennifer has found the back of the cage on 43 occasions. Kennifer also leads the team in assists (28) and steals (60).

Last Time Out
Ariel Dukes made 13 saves to propel Harvard's defense and the offense provided just enough support, as the Crimson pulled away from Brown, 7-5, at Blodgett Pool March 21. Other than Dukes in goal, Shayna Price was the star of the game, as the sophomore accumulated two goals, three assists and five steals in the contest. Elise Molnar and Aisha Price each added three steals.

The Lakers (7-12, 0-3) are on a two-match winning streak after sweeping a pair of contests March 25. Mercyhurst beat Utica, 14-4, and Chatham, 10-1, in Erie, Pa. Lisett Calderon is the Lakers? go-to player on offense, as the junior had 38 goals through the first 15 games in 2012. Senior Hope Rozelle has started all of Mercyhurst?s games in goal and had stopped 165 shots through 15 games while allowing 119 goals.

George Washington
George Washington (7-8, 0-2) has won three straight after dropping its previous seven games. A trio of sophomores lead GW on the offensive side of the pool, as Rachael Bentley (30), Megan Brolley (28) and Katherine Berry (27) have each scored 27 or more goals. Freshman Chandler Vilander has played a majority of the time in goal. Vilander is allowing 10.39 goals per game, while coming up with 98 saves.

Up Next
Harvard finishes its regular season schedule with a match against Hartwick April 10 at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson will compete in the CWPA Southern Division Championship April 14-15 and the CWPA Eastern Championship April 27-29.