Elise Molnar is one of two seniors playing her final game at Blodgett Pool Wednesday (Justine Agaloos).
The Harvard women's water polo team plays its final home contest of the season Wednesday at 7 p.m., hosting Brown on Senior Night.
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Last Time Out
The Crimson went 3-5 during its annual spring break trip to California. Harvard began the week with wins over Santa Clara (11-10), Occidental (11-7) and Fresno Pacific (16-6) to run its win streak to eight games. In the second half of the trip, the Crimson fell to five ranked foes, dropping matches against No. 15 UC Davis (16-6), No. 18 Pacific (17-9), No. 9 San Jose State (18-8), No. 2 Stanford (18-5) and No. 5 Cal (22-9).
Harvard is 13-9 overall and 2-0 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division through the first 22 games of the season. Senior co-captain Aisha Price leads the team in goals with 51 and steals with 48 while tying for the top spot in assists with 32. Freshman Yoshi Andersen has also handed out 32 helpers while delivering 45 goals and 33 steals, which are both third on the Crimson. Fellow class of 2016 member Charlotte Hendrix has totaled 50 goals (second), 22 assists (third) and 36 steals (second), and junior Shayna Price has contributed 44 scores, 20 helpers and 26 thefts. Senior co-captain Elise Molnar is the fifth member of the team with more than 20 goals, while Kalina Grabb (18) and Victoria Frager (17) both are on the verge of reaching the plateau.
The Crimson won eight straight contests from Feb. 24 through March 18, which is the longest win streak in program history since water polo became an NCAA sport in 2001. During the span, Harvard outscored its opponents by a 112-56 margin, averaging 14 goals per game.
Seniors Aisha Price and Elise Molnar will play their final game in Blodgett Pool tonight. The duo has helped the Crimson post a 59-51 mark, including an 18-4 record at home. Price was named the team's Rookie of the Year in 2010 and has earned four CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week honors during her career. Molnar received the Coach's Award last season and garnered two CWPA All-Division second-team honors.
Racking up the Awards
Harvard has earned six CWPA weekly awards this season. Aisha Price has earned two Player of the Week honors (Feb. 4, Feb. 25), while Ariel Dukes has won the Defensive Player of the Week award twice (Feb. 4, March 4). Yoshi Andersen (Rookie of the Week, Feb. 4) and Shayna Price (Player of the Week, March 18) have earned the two other individual awards for the Crimson thus far.
About Brown (Team Page)
The Bears bring a 12-13 overall record and 2-2 mark in the CWPA Southern Division into Wednesday's meeting with the Crimson. The Bears also recently returned from California, going 6-5 during their trip to the Golden State. Offensively, Brown is averaging just 8.48 goals per contest and has reached double figures just five times or 20 percent of the time through the first 25 games of the season. Opponents are averaging 10 goals per game and have reached double digits in 11 contests.
Series History Against the Bears
Harvard holds a 56-43-1 advantage in the all-time series, winning four of the last five meetings between the two programs. Brown won the last pairing, 7-6, to snap the Crimson's four-game win streak over the Bears.
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.
Harvard heads to Princeton for a pair of games Saturday against George Washington and the Tigers.