Senior Day Caps Home Schedule for Women’s Water Polo

Devan Kennifer has been a staple in the Crimson lineup throughout her four years in Cambridge (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team hosts Hartwick Tuesday at 7 p.m. during the team's Senior Day. Seniors Lizzie Abbott, Devan Kennifer, Shannon Purcell and Monica Zdrojewski will be honored in a ceremony before the contest.

The Class of 2012
The seniors have compiled a 53-55 record thus far at Harvard, including a 17-15 mark last season, the program's first season over .500 in six years. This year's Crimson is poised to finish with another winning record for the team's first back-to-back winning seasons since 2004 and 2005.

The Crimson (12-9, 4-1 CWPA Southern Division) has won three straight games to clinch the No. 2 seed at the CWPA Southern Division Championship. Harvard has taken down division foes Brown, 7-5, Mercyhurst, 10-4, and George Washington, 18-12, during its current three-game streak and also owns a division win over Bucknell, 13-8, this season. In Harvard's last game, the Crimson scored 18 goals, its biggest offensive outburst of the season, to top George Washington. The Crimson used a balance scoring attack in the game, as four players netted hat tricks. Aisha Price, Lizzie Abbott and Devan Kennifer each scored four times and Shannon Purcell added three goals.  

The Hawks (23-9, 3-3 CWPA Western Division) have won four of its last five and sits in fourth place of the CWPA Western Division. Four players lead Hartwick with 40 or more goals this season including Lisa Bass (49), Sasha Freeborn (48), Jemma Dendy Young (45) and Kamila Zakirova (42). Hayley Cox has started 20 games in goal, while allowing 9.82 goals per game.

Series History
Hartwick leads the all-time series against Harvard, 27-1. The Crimson won the first meeting between the two schools, 7-5, in 2001, but the Hawks have rattled off 27 straight victories since.

Up Next
Harvard will play in the 'B' bracket at the CWPA Southern Division Championship where it will take on Mercyhurst and Brown April 14. The winner of the 'B' bracket will face the winner of the 'A' bracket in the Southern Division title game April 15.