6 Shannon Purcell
6 - Shannon Purcell
Height: 5-6
Year: Senior
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
High School: Monte Vista
Position: Attacker
Major: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
House Affiliation: Pforzheimer

2012 (Senior):
Finished with 27 goals, 34 assists, and 30 steals ... Scored twice in a 14-3 win over Villanova Feb. 12 ... Had a streak of five straight games with two or more assists Feb. 12 - March 2 ... Netted a hat trick in Harvard's 14-13 sudden death overtime win over Iona Feb. 26 ... Accumulated two goals, three assists and a steal in a win over Whittier, 15-4, March 12 ... Scored two goals and had two steals at UC Irvine March 17 ... Found the back of the cage four times, had two assists and two steals during wins over Southern Division foes Merchyhurst, 10-4, and George Washington, 18-12, March 31 ... Registered three goals, five assists and two steals in three games to help Harvard to a third-place finish at the CWPA Southern Division Championship.

2011 (Junior):
Led the team in asssits (50), had 30 goals and 29 steals ... Dished seven assists and grabbed three takeaways against Iona, then scored twice, had a helper and one steal against Villanova Feb. 5 ... Handed out four assists and stole the ball once against Fresno Pacific March 14 ... Posted a hat trick with three goals while collecting three steals and dishing two assists versus Connecticut College, then handed out four assists and collected four steals while scoring twice versus Marist April 2 ... Notched two goals, passed out two helpers and had a steal at Bucknell April 9 ... Dished four assists, scored twice and had a takeaway against Michigan April 10 ... Gave out four assists, scored once and stole the ball once against George Washington April 16 ... Led the team in scoring with four goals while adding two helpers and a steal against Gannon in the the CWPA Eastern Championship April 29 ... Found the back of the net twice, dished four assists and had a takeaway against Bucknell in the CWPA Eastern Championship April 30.

2010 (Sophomore):
Received Harvard's Most Improved Player award ... Notched a goal against Villanova (Feb. 6), Siena (Feb. 6) and New York Athletic Club (Feb. 7) at Harvard Invitational ... Notched a pair of goals against Iona (Feb. 20) and Wagner (Feb. 20) at Princeton Invitational ... Tallied a goal against Wagner (Feb. 27) at the ECAC Championships ... Notched a score against Bucknell at the Elite Eight (March 7) … Logged a pair of goals against Fresno Pacific (March 15) … Buried a goal against San Jose State (March 17) ... Scored twice in Harvard’s win over No. 19 Cal State East Bay (March 19) … Buried two markers against Marist (March 27) … Netted a goal against No. 11 Hartwick (April 10) … Tallied a goal against Brown (April 18) ... Scored twice against No. 7 Michigan (April 30), Bucknell (May 1) and Maryland (May 2) at the Eastern Championship.

2009 (Freshman):
Scored a goal in season opener against NYAC (Feb. 14) ... Netted two goals against Villanova (Feb. 21) ... Had a tally against George Washington (Feb. 22) ... Scored four times against Bucknell and twice against Maryland (Feb. 28) ... Had a hat trick against NYAC (March 14) ... Netted two goals in Harvard's 8-7 win at Sonoma State (March 22) ... Had a goal and a steal in victory over UC Santa Cruz and tallied a goal later in the day against UC Davis (March 26) ... Scored a hat trick at Cal State Monterey Bay (March 27) ... Netted a score against Connecticut College (April 5) ... Tallied two goals against Brown at Northern Division Championship (April 18) ... Scored twice against Connecticut College and Utica at Northern Division Championship (April 19) ... Netted a goal against Indiana at Eastern Championship (April 25) ... Tallied a score in win over Bucknell at Easterns (April 26).

High School
Attended Monte Vista High and earned three letters in water polo and two in swimming ... Captained both teams as senior ... Two-time All-East Bay Athletic League selection for water polo and swimming ... Water Polo Rookie of the Year in 2006 ... Recognized as All-America in swimming in 2007 ... Named team's Most Improved Varsity Swimmer ... Water polo squad won back-to-back North Coast Section championships ... Team won three consecutive All-East Bay Athletic League titles ... Water Polo Academic All-America member ... AP Scholar with distinction ... National Honor Society member ... Named to California Scholarship Federation with highest honors ... Recipient of Lucia Venos Memorial Award for outstanding performance in water polo and swimming.

Father, William, was an All-America water polo player at California, helping the Bears win the 1974 and 1975 NCAA titles ... Uncle, Jim, was also an All-America water polo player at California, winning the NCAA championship in 1976 and 1977 ... Brother, John, was an All-America water polo player at UC Santa Barbara ... Sister, Colleen, plays soccer at California ... Aunt, Maureen O'Toole, captured the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in water polo.