No. 2-seed Women’s Water Polo Heads to Southern Division Championship

No. 2-seed Women’s Water Polo Heads to Southern Division Championship

Aisha Price leads the Crimson with 56 goals this season (photo Gil Talbot).

 Riding a four-game winning streak, the Harvard women's water polo team will travel to Lewisburg, Pa., for the CWPA Southern Division Championship. The Crimson enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 Brown and No. 6 Mercyhurst Saturday as part of the 'B' bracket. The winner of the 'B' bracket will face the winner of the 'A' bracket in the championship match Sunday at noon.

Tournament Schedule (Results)
'A' bracket                 'B' bracket
No. 1 Princeton           No. 2 Harvard
No. 4 Bucknell            No. 3 Brown
No. 5 GW                   No. 6 Mercyhurst

Saturday, April 14, 2012
10 a.m. – Princeton vs. George Washington
11:30 a.m. – Harvard vs. Mercyhurst
3 p.m. – Bucknell vs. George Washington
4:30 p.m. – Brown vs. Mercyhurst
7 p.m. – Princeton vs. Bucknell
8:30 p.m. – Harvard vs. Brown

Sunday, April 15, 2012
9 a.m. – 3rd in bracket A vs. 3rd in bracket B (Fifth Place)
10:30 a.m. – 2nd in bracket B vs. 2nd in bracket A (Third Place)
Noon – 1st in bracket A vs. 1st in bracket B (First Place)

Southern Division Standings
1. Princeton 5-0
2. Harvard 4-1
3. Brown 3-2
4. Bucknell 2-3
5. George Washington 1-4
6. Mercyhurst 0-5

Watch Live
Bucknell, the tournament host, will provide a live video broadcast of all games. The online stream costs $39.95 for the tournament or $19.95 for a single game. Contests that do not feature the host Bison are expected to utilize a multi-camera setup and no audio commentary. For more information, click here.

The Crimson (13-9, 4-1 CWPA Southern Division) has won four straight, all against CWPA opponents, to close out its regular season schedule. Harvard, which sits four games over .500, is looking for its first back-to-back winning seasons since 2004 and 2005. Junior Aisha Price leads Harvard with 56 goals this season, while senior Devan Kennifer has added 50 tallies. Kennifer also leads the team with 36 assists and 76 steals on the year. Other than Kennifer, senior Monica Zdrojewski has surpassed 30 in each of the three major stat categories with 36 goals, 32 assists and 34 steals. Freshman Ariel Dukes has made 148 saves as Harvard's goalie in her first year in Cambridge.

Senior Day Excitement
Senior co-captain Devan Kennifer scored with 33 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and fellow classmate and co-captain Shannon Purcell provided the game-winner with 44 seconds remaining in overtime to propel the Crimson past No. 20 Hartwick, 12-11, on Tuesday. The win over Hartwick, the Crimson's fourth consecutive victory, was Harvard's first in the last 27 meetings between the two schools dating back to 2001. Junior Aisha Price led Harvard with four goals, while senior Monica Zdrojewski had four assists and Kennifer added eight steals. Freshman goalie Ariel Dukes anchored the Harvard defense down the stretch as the Crimson shutout the Hawks for the entirety of the fourth quarter and two overtime periods.

The Crimson vs. the Southern Division
Princeton – 2012: Loss 6-9 (Feb. 11), Loss 8-9 (March 3) – All-time: Harvard trails, 11-26
Brown – 2012: Win 7-5 (March 21) – All-time: Harvard leads, 56-42-1
Bucknell – 2012: Win 14-5 (Feb. 11), Win 13-8 (March 3) – All-time: Harvard trails, 15-16-1
George Washington – 2012: Win 18-12 (March 31) – All-time: Harvard leads, 17-1
Mercyhurst – 2012: Win 10-4 (March 31) – All-time: Harvard leads, 1-0

Up Next
Harvard will travel to Providence, R.I., for the CWPA Eastern Championship. The winner of the Eastern tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.