Aisha Price had four scores and two steals to earn match MVP honors (Justine Agaloos).
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Harvard women's water polo team withstood a furious comeback attempt by George Washington to prevail over the Colonials, 11-9, and advance to the Collegiate Water Polo Association fifth-place game Sunday afternoon at Canham Natatorium.
The Crimson, who trailed only once the entire contest, held off a five-goal surge in the fourth quarter by George Washington to hang on for the win and advance to the fifth-place game for the fifth time in program history. The victory was also Harvard's 18th of the season, which is a new best under third-year head coach Ted Minnis.
Aisha Price paced the Harvard offense with four goals and an assist, while her sister, Shayna, netted two goals and one assist. Victoria Frager also contributed two goals, and freshmen Yoshi Andersen and Charlotte Hendrix both delivered a score and a helper. Kalina Grabb rounded out the scoring with a single tally.
George Washington claimed an early lead 33 seconds into the contest, but the Crimson responded with goals by Andersen and a penalty shot by Shayna Price to take the lead. The Colonials answered and evened the score back up before Hendrix found the back of the net 17 seconds later with her only marker of the game. Shayna Price stretched the lead to two with 1:52 remaining in the first only to see George Washington close the gap back to one with 39 seconds remaining in the opening stanza.
Aisha Price accounted for all of Harvard's offense in the second quarter, tallying three goals in the quarter to extend the advantage to 7-4 at the break. .
After the intermission, the Crimson maintained the momentum, as Aisha Price scored her fourth consecutive goal, and Frager netted both of hers to mark a string of five unanswered goals by Harvard to extend the lead to six with only eight minutes remaining.
Harvard continued to extend the lead in the fourth, as Grabb found the back of the net with 6:58 remaining in the game to make it 11-4. George Washington scored 37 seconds later to snap a 16:33 scoring draught, but it wasn't to close the gap despite four more tallies in the quarter.
Ariel Dukes was outstanding in goal for Harvard, recording 14 saves and a steal. Aisha Price and Hendrix both added two thefts of their own, as the Crimson finished with eight on the afternoon.
Harvard faces Brown to conclude its 2013 season at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Ann Arbor.
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