Women's Water Polo Splits with Fresno Pacific and No. 16 UC Davis
Aisha Price paced the Crimson offense with five goals (Justine Agaloos).
DAVIS, Calif. – The Harvard women's water polo team split its two games on the second day of its annual trip to California.
In the opener, senior co-captain Aisha Price poured in five goals, and the Harvard women's water polo team raced to its eighth consecutive victory, downing Fresno Pacific, 16-6, Monday afternoon before No. 16 UC Davis snapped the streak with an 18-9 win over the Crimson in the second game at the Schaal Aquatics Center.
Price, who matched her season-high for goals, also had three assists to lead the Crimson to its eighth consecutive win to match the longest win streak since 2000 when the team also won eight straight. Harvard (13-4) also continued its trend of jumping out to early leads en route to the victory.
Charlotte Hendrix added four goals on the offensive end, while Shayna Price and Rachel Lobato both tallied two apiece for the Crimson. Yoshi Andersen, Elise Molnar and Kalina Grabb all found the back of the net once to cap the scoring, while Lobato and Grabb each handed out two assists.
The Crimson got on the board quickly, as Aisha Price scored 10 seconds into the contest to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead. The Sunbirds evened the score 45 seconds later before Harvard reeled off five consecutive goals to put the game out of reach. Hendrix had two goals during the span, while Aisha Price, Shayna Price and Lobato all scored once during the span to stretch the lead to 6-1.
After Fresno Pacific scored consecutive goals to cut its deficit to three, Aisha Price and Andersen scored in the final two minutes of the second to push the advantage back to five at the break.
In the third quarter, Harvard netted the first three goals with Aisha Price netting one and Hendrix tallying two to extend the advantage out to eight. Each squad would score once more in the period to keep the margin at eight.
The Crimson scored the first three goals of the fourth to put the game out of reach and lock up its 13th win of the season.
On the defensive end, Victoria Frager and Hendrix paced the team with three steals apiece, and Aisha Price, Shayna Price, Molnar and Grabb all had two apiece. Ariel Dukes also made seven saves in net.
In the second contest of the day, No. 16 UC Davis flipped the script on the Crimson en route to an 18-9 win, as the Aggies jumped out to an early advantage.
Shayna Price paced the offense with a hat trick and three assists. Andersen added two goals, and Aisha Price, Hendrix, Cyr and Lobato all netted one goal apiece. Frager and Molnar handed out two helpers each, as well.
The Aggies tallied six goals in the opening stanza to the Crimson's two to take a first-quarter advantage. The Crimson tried to play catch up from there, but it could not catch the hosts as they pushed the lead to seven by the break.
After the intermission, the Crimson netted two more goals, but the Aggies tacked on four to continue to extend the lead. The two teams both had four scores in the fourth to close out the contest.
Dukes stopped eight shots in net, and Aisha Price delivered four thefts. Molnar made three swipes, and Frager and Dukes both had two steals.
UC Davis Win 16-6
A. Price 5
S. Price 2
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UC Davis 18-9 loss
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