Women's Water Polo Holds Annual Awards Banquet

Women's Water Polo Holds Annual Awards Banquet

Harvard women's water polo head coach Ted Minnis, fourth from the left, poses with award winners, from left, Elise Molnar, Aisha Price, Victoria Frager, Jelena Cyr and Yoshi Andersen (OAC). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team officially concluded its 2013 season with the team's annual awards banquet Monday night inside the Murr Center's Lee Family Hall of History.

Senior co-captains Aisha Price and Elise Molnar, junior Jelena Cyr, sophomore Victoria Frager and freshman Yoshi Andersen were all honored at the banquet. Price was named the Most Valuable Player, Molnar received the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award, Cyr garnered the Most Improved Player award, Victoria Frager was the Coaches' Award recipient and Yoshi Andersen was named Rookie of the Year.

Price received the team's MVP award after topping the Crimson in every statistical category. She totaled 79 goals, 45 assists and 72 steals to earn Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division first-team honors. She also earned two CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week nods and was named to the CWPA Eastern Championships second team.

Molnar is the second women's recipient of the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award, which is given annually to the Harvard water polo senior who embodies the spirit and tenacity of the award's namesake. Molnar, who earned two CWPA Divisional second-team awards during her career, totaled 32 scores, 27 helpers and 35 thefts this year.

A junior, Cyr, posted her best season to date to pick up the Most Improved award for the second straight year. She established new career-highs in all three statistical categories with 18 goals, 11 assists and 18 steals.

In her second season as a member of the Crimson, Frager continued to blossom to pick up the Coaches' Award, recording 30 goals, 37 assists and 43 steals.

Andersen received the Rookie of the Year nod after a stellar inaugural collegiate campaign. She was twice named the CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week and also earned second team All-CWPA Southern Division honors after tallying 61 goals, 42 assists and 54 steals.

The Crimson went 18-16 in 2013, placing third in the CWPA Southern Division during the regular season and the postseason tournament. Harvard advanced to the CWPA Eastern Championships and placed sixth, tied for the fifth-best finish in program history.