Unbeaten Women's Water Polo Heads to Princeton Invitational

Unbeaten Women's Water Polo Heads to Princeton Invitational

Charlotte Hendrix has eight goals and eight assists in three games (Justine Agaloos). 

Scene Setter
The Harvard women's water polo team hits the road and makes the trek down to New Jersey for four games at the Princeton Invitational. The Crimson takes on California and Princeton Saturday before ending the weekend with games against NYAC and Villanova Sunday.

Last Time Out
Harvard opened up the season by winning all three games at the Harvard Home Kick Off. The Crimson edged Iona, 15-13, in the opener behind a career-high six goals from Shayna Price. In the second contest, Harvard stormed out of the gates, opening up a 10-0 lead on Villanova to roll to an 18-6 victory before jumping out to another big lead against CAMO en route to a 12-8 win.

Related Article: Women's Water Polo Picks Up Three Wins in Harvard Home Kick Off

About Harvard
Senior co-captain Aisha Price leads the undefeated Crimson's (3-0) offense with 10 goals in three games. Freshman Yoshi Andersen is close behind with nine goals, to go along with 10 assists and nine steals, while fellow class of 2016 member Charlotte Hendrix is third in goals (eight) and second in assists (eight). On the defensive end, Ariel Dukes has made 26 saves in goal.

Sweep Success
After the dominating performance in three games at Blodgett Pool, the Crimson swept the College Water Polo Association Southern Division weekly awards. Aisha Price was named the CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week, Yoshi Andersen earned Rookie of the Week honors and Ariel Dukes received the Defensive Player of the Week nod. It is Harvard's third sweep in the past two seasons.

Related Article: Harvard Sweeps CWPA Southern Division Weekly Awards

About No. 4 California
(Team Page)
The Golden Bears placed third at the Stanford Invitational to improve to 5-1 in 2013.The Bears knocked off Indiana, 12-7, Hawaii, 10-7, and San Jose State, 12-6, but fell to No. 3 UCLA, 7-4, at the event. Tiera Schroeder leads the team with 13 goals, while Ashley Young and Emily Csikos are both tied for second with 10. Savanna Smith has played all but eight minutes in goal, allowing 37 goals and making 36 saves.

Series History Against The Golden Bears
The two schools met for the first time last season, and Cal knocked off the Crimson, 12-4, March 19, 2011.

About No. 10 Princeton (Team Page)
The tournament will mark the Tigers first games of 2013, but Princeton is coming off the best season in program annals. The black and orange went 29-6 last year and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history. In 2013, the Tigers return their three leading scorers from last year in Katie Rigler (76 goals), Saranna Soroka (41 goals) and Molly McBee (40 goals).  

Series History Against The Tigers
The Tigers hold a 29-11 advantage in the all-time series. Harvard dropped all three meetings last season, losing by a combined seven goals in the three contests.

About Villanova  (Team Page)
The Wildcats went 0-3 at the Harvard Home Kick Off, falling to CAMO, 9-6, Harvard, 18-6, and Iona, 12-2. Villanova was picked to finish fourth out of eight teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Series History vs. the Wildcats
Harvard has won 17 of the 19 games played between the two schools, including this year's 18-6 victory at the Harvard Home Kick Off. The Crimson has prevailed in 14 consecutive meetings between the two programs and last lost Feb. 25, 2000.

Gracious Host
Blodgett Pool will serve as the host site for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Water Polo National Championship May 10-12. It is the first time that Harvard will hold the event and only the second time it has been held on the East Coast. The last – and only other time - the event was held on the shores of the Atlantic was in 2009 when it was in Maryland.

Related Link: Harvard to Host 2013 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship at Blodgett Pool

Next Up
Harvard heads to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Villanova Invite Feb. 23-24.