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Balanced Scoring Pushes Women's Water Polo Past Villanova, Siena

Ariel Duke set a new career-high with 14 saves against Siena (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - A balanced scoring attack led the Harvard women's water polo team past Villanova and Siena Sunday at the CWPA/MAAC Crossover hosted by Villanova.

Eight different members of the Crimson scored, as it doubled up the Wildcats, 20-10, while nine found the range in a 20-6 victory over the Saints

Charlotte Hendrix paced the offense with six goals and an assist against the hosts, while Kalina Grabb andYoshi Andersen each had a hat trick. Aisha Price handed out a career-high six assists, to go along with two scores, and fellow senior co-captain Elise Molnar delivered two goals and three assists. Jelena Cyr added two goals, and Victoria Frager and Shayna Price found the back of the net once.

Harvard jumped out to an early lead 5-3 and extended the advantage to five by halftime after putting up another five goals in the second.

In the second half, the Crimson continued its consistent scoring attack, putting up another quintet of goals in both the third and fourth periods to knock off Villanova for the third time this season.

On the defensive end, Ariel Dukes equaled her career best with 13 saves. Aisha Price had four saves, upping her weekend total to 15, while Hendrix, Lobato, Molnar and Frager all had three swipes apiece. Andersen and Shayna Price both had two thefts apiece to give the Crimson a season-high 20 steals.

In the second contest of the day, Harvard continued its offensive surge versus the Saints.

Hendrix topped the offense with four more goals, while Aisha Price also had four tallies and chipped in two assists. Frager contributed three goals and three assists, and Andersen, Grabb and Shayna Price all netted two scores. Cyr and Molnar each handed out two helpers and struck for one goal, and Lobato capped the scoring with one herself.

For the second consecutive game – and a theme in Harvard wins this season – the Crimson stormed out of the gates and took an early lead, taking a 6-2 advantage after the first period. In the second, Harvard tacked on another six goals to push its advantage all the way to seven before the buzzer sounded for the halfway point.

After the offense did the majority of the damage in the first half, the defense clamped down in the second, allowing just a single goal. Dukes recorded two steals and made a new career-high 14 saves in goal, including blanking the Saints in the fourth, while her teammates scored five more times in the third and three in the fourth to run Harvard's record to 7-4.

The Crimson heads to Erie, Pa., for three games next weekend against Mercyhurst, Bucknell and Gannon.

Results
Villanova 20-10 win
Goals
Hendrix 6
Grabb 3
Andersen 3
A. Price 2
Cyr 2
Molnar 2
Frager
S. Price

Assists
Price 6
Molnar 3
Dukes 2
Hendrix
Lobato
Andersen
Grabb
Frager

Steals
A. Price 4
Hendrix 3
Lobato 3
Molnar 3
Frager 3
Andersen 2
S. Price 2

Saves
Dukes 13

Siena 20-6 win
Goals
A. Price 4
Hendrix 4
Frager 3
Andersen 2
Grabb 2
S. Price 2
Cyr
Lobato
Molnar

Assists
Frager 3
A. Price 2
Cyr 2
Molnar 2
Hendrix
Lobato

Steals
Frager 3
Hendrix 3
Dukes 2
A. Price
S. Price
Cyr
Andersen
Grabb

Saves
Dukes 14