Postseason Play Begins for Women's Water Polo at the CWPA Southern Division Championships

Postseason Play Begins for Women's Water Polo at the CWPA Southern Division Championships

Kalina Grabb is one of seven players with more than 20 goals for the Crimson (Justine Agaloos). 

Scene Setter
The Harvard women's water polo team begins postseason play at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division tournament at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The Crimson faces Mercyhurst (4:30 p.m.) and Brown (8:30 p.m.) Saturday before playing a to-be-determined opponent Sunday, depending on Saturday's results.

Below is a complete schedule of games over the course of the two-day event. The conference will be divided into separate divisions based off the regular season standings. Thirded-seeded Harvard is in the B Division with No. 2 Brown and No. 6 Mercyhurst, while regular season champion and No. 1 seed Princeton is paired with No. 4 George Washington and No. 5 Bucknell in the A Division

Saturday, April 13

10:00 am

Princeton vs.


11:30 am

Brown vs.


3:00 pm

George Washington vs.


4:30 pm

Harvard vs.


7:00 pm

Princeton vs.

George Washington

8:30 pm

Brown vs.


Sunday, April 14

9:00 am

3rd Place Division A vs.

3rd Place Division B

10:30 am

2nd Place Division A vs.

2nd Place Division B

12:00 pm

1st Place Division A vs.

1st Place Division B

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Last Time Out
Harvard dropped the final two games of the regular season to a pair of foes from California Sunday. Cal State Bakersfield topped the Crimson, 17-12, despite a career-day from Charlotte Hendrix, who finished with three goals and seven assists for a career-high 10 points. Shayna Price added five scores while four other players found the back of the net in the loss. In its second contest Sunday, Harvard hung with No. 3 Arizona State for a half, but the Sun Devils pulled away en route to a 17-8 victory. Shayna Price paced the offense with another four goals, while Aisha Price had two tallies.

Related Article: Crimson Women's Water Polo Falls Twice to Conclude Regular Season

About Harvard
Harvard finished the regular season 14-13 overall and 3-2 in conference to place third in the CWPA Southern Division. Senior Aisha Price continues to lead the team in every major statistical category, totaling 64 goals, 36 assists and 57 steals in 27 games. Freshman Charlotte Hendrix is second in all three with 59 scores, 35 helpers and 45 thefts, and fellow rookie Yoshi Andersen has 47 goals, 34 assists and 38 steals. Junior Shayna Price ranks third on the team with 57 goals, while Elise Molnar (26), Kalina Grabb (20) and Victoria Frager (20) are all above the 20-goal plateau. On the defensive end, Ariel Dukes has stopped 204 shots while playing every minute in net this season. Collectively, Harvard is averaging 11.8 goals per contest and giving up 11.4.

Win Streaking
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.

Racking up the Awards
Harvard has earned eight CWPA weekly awards this season. Ariel Dukes leads the way with three Defensive Player of the Week awards (Feb. 4, March 4, April 8), and Aisha Price is second with two Player of the Week nods (Feb. 4, March 4). Yoshi Andersen (Rookie of the Week, Feb. 4), Shayna Price (Player of the Week, March 18) and Charlotte Hendrix (Rookie of the Week, April 8) have also earned individual honors.

About Mercyhurst (Team Page)
The Lakers went 0-5 in the CWPA Southern Division but finished the year 13-10 overall. Lisett Calderon paced the offense with 47 goals and 26 assists, while Cailin Jope was not far behind with 37 scores and 22 helpers. Meagan Marques was the only other player to reach the 20-goal plateau with 23. In net, Jesse Sworden has seen the majority of the minutes, making 178 saves and 47 steals in 20 games. Overall, the team is averaging 8.3 goals per game while surrendering 9.6.

Series History Against the Lakers
Harvard has won all four meetings, including an 11-3 win March 2 this year.

About Brown (Team Page)
The Bears enter this weekend's championship on a five-game losing streak. After edging Harvard last Wednesday, 12-10, Brown lost to Marist, Hartwick, Arizona State, Cal State Bakersfield and Michigan to end the regular season with a 13-18 overall mark. Brown is scoring just 8.39 goals per contest and allowing 10.31 this season.

Series History vs. the Bears
Harvard leads the series 56-44-1, but the Bears won the only meeting between the two this season, 12-10, last Wednesday.

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

Up Next
Harvard heads to the CWPA Eastern Championships April 26-27 with a berth in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Water Polo National Championship at Blodgett Pool on the line.