Women's Water Polo Hosts CWPA/MAAC Crossover This Weekend

Women's Water Polo Hosts CWPA/MAAC Crossover This Weekend

Price has 10 goals and five assists in the first five games of the 2014 campaign (photo courtesy: Gil Talbot).

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The Harvard women's water polo team opens its home slate with four games in the CWPA/MAAC Crossover Saturday and Sunday.  The Crimson takes on Wagner, Siena, Villanova and Iona in the two-day event.

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Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network will stream each of the Crimson's three home events at Blodgett Pool this season. All 16 games during the Crossover Event (Feb. 22-23) will be streamed. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all home Harvard athletic events throughout the duration of their subscription.


The third annual Crossover Event features Harvard, No. 8 Princeton, Bucknell and George Washington of the CWPA will clash with No. 20 Wagner, Iona College, Villanova and Siena College of the MAAC. Villanova (2013) and Princeton (2012) previously hosted the event.  

Schedule of Event

Saturday, Feb. 22
9:00 a.m. Harvard vs. Wagner
10:30 a.m. Princeton vs. Siena
12:00 p.m. George Washington vs. Iona
1:30 p.m. Bucknell vs. Villanova
3:00 p.m. Harvard vs. Siena
4:30 p.m. Princeton vs. Wagner
6:00 p.m. George Washington vs. Villanova
7:30 p.m. Bucknell vs. Iona
Sunday, Feb. 23
8:00 a.m. Bucknell vs. Wagner
9:15 a.m. George Washington vs. Siena
10:30 a.m. Harvard vs. Villanova
11:45 a.m. Princeton vs. Iona
1:00 p.m. George Washington vs. Wagner
2:15 p.m. Bucknell vs. Siena
3:30 p.m. Harvard vs. Iona

Last Time Out
The Crimson posted a 2-1 record at the Princeton Invite with wins over Virginia Military Institute and Iona before suffering its first setback to Wagner. Harvard topped Virginia Military Institute, 16-6, behind Yoshi Andersen's five-goal effort before Jelena Cyr and Andersen helped the Crimson down Iona, 13-12 in overtime. On Sunday, a strong third frame performance pushed Wagner past Harvard, 11-8, to give the Crimson its lone loss of the year. 
Related Link:Women's Water Polo Sinks Two Opponents at Princeton Invite
Related Link: Women's Water Polo Drops 11-8 Decision to Wagner

About Harvard
Through the first two weekends of the season, the Crimson sits at 4-1 overall behind an explosive offense that has scored 69 goals. Sophomore Yoshi Andersen tops the team in goals with 16 and in assists with 8, while Shayna Price has contributed 10 goals and five assists. The class of 2017 has contributed immediately, accounting for 18 of the Crimson's 69 goals. Balding leads all first-year players with eight goals, while Michelle Martinelli (six goals), Alexis Del Toro (three goals) and Zoe Osborne (one goal) have also found the back of the net. On the defensive end, Ariel Dukes has made 20 saves in net.

Head Coach Ted Minnis
In his fourth season at the helm of the Harvard program, Ted Minnis surpassed former head coach Erik Farrar (2005-10) to become the fourth winningest coach in program history with a 56-44 record. Minnis needs seven more wins back Jim Flerchinger (62-47) and 11 more wins to pass head coach Maureen Travers (66-38).

Coaching Register
1.  1986-1991 Chris Hafferty 82-28-37
2.  1993-1997 Maureen Travers    66-38
3. 2000-2003 Jim Floerchinger 62-47
4. 2011-Present    Ted Minnis 56-44


Honor Roll
Jelena Cyr took home Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Player of the Week for her strong showing at the Princeton Invite Feb. 8-9. The senior netted seven goals and contributed one assist and three steals to help Harvard finish with a 2-1 record. Cyr is the third Crimson student-athlete to be honored by the CWPA this season.
Related Link:  Cyr Garners CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week Award

Live Stats
Harvard will continue to test a live stat program known as FOSH throughout the season. The program was developed by Ryan Sosin, Harvard's director of operations, and provides fans with a more statistical view of the game, including a look at play-by-play, a scoring summary and goaltending and exclusion stats. While still hovering around the developmental stage, Harvard aims to continue the innovative trend with Fosh moving forward.

Scouting Wagner
Wager carries a 5-6 overall record into the weekend and look to snap a two-game losing streak.  The Seahawks most recently competed in the Bison Invitational hosted by Bucknell Feb. 14-15. Wagner defeated George Washington, 15-8, and Villanova, 20-6 before narrowly dropping its final two games to Michigan (9-8) and UC San Diego (10-9).

All-Times Against Wagner
Harvard holds a slight, 7-6, advantage over the Seahawks. The two programs met two weeks ago at the Princeton Invite when Wagner outscored the Crimson, 3-1, in the third frame to secure an, 11-8, win over Harvard.

Scouting Siena
Siena comes into the weekend looking to earn its first win of the season.  The Saints opened its 2014 slate at the Brown Invitational in Providence, R.I., Feb. 1 where Siena dropped both of its games to Brown, 14-7, and Marist, 20-11. Siena is led by Briana Ritota, Melanie Boehrig and Jacquelyn Verdon while Sarah Abbott and Madeline Hurley have split time in net for the Saints.

All-Times Against Siena
Harvard and Siena will meet for the eighth time with the Crimson owning a commanding, 7-0, record against the Saints. The two programs met in 2013 as Harvard toppled Siena, 20-6.

Scouting Villanova
The Wildcats are off to a slow start this season, as the squad comes into the weekend looking for its first win.  Recently, Villanova traveled to Lewisburg, Pa., to compete in the Bison Invitational, where the team fell to Bucknell, 10-7, and Wagner 20-6.

All-Times Against Villanova
Harvard leads the all-time series against Villanova, 20-2. The Crimson has taken 16 of the previous 17 meetings with Wildcat's last win coming April 1, 2000. The two squads met again earlier in the month in Philadelphia, Pa., as Harvard prevailed, 17-9, to take an 11-game lead.

Scouting Iona
Iona comes into the weekend with a 1-5 overall record after posting its first win over George Washington on the final day of the Princeton Invitational Feb. 8-9 after dropping decisions to No. 9 Princeton, 11-4, and the Crimson 13-12 in overtime the day before.  Iona will look to continue its winning ways at the Crossover Event.

All-Times Against Iona
Harvard leads the all-time series against Iona, 13-4. The Crimson won the first match up, 16-15 in overtime, Feb. 1 before taking the second meeting 13-12 in overtime Feb. 8. The two squads will meet for the third time this season. 

Up Next
The Crimson will return to the water March 2, as Harvard heads to Princeton, N.J., to take on the Tigers, a game that will be televised on ESPNU.