Women's Water Polo Gears Up For Harvard Invite

Women's Water Polo Gears Up For Harvard Invite

The Crimson will look to upstage its opponents on the Ivy League Digital Network this weekend in the Harvard Invite/ (photo courtesy: Gil Talbot)

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The Harvard women's water polo team will return to the friendly confines of Blodgett Pool for its regular season home finale March 8-9 as the Crimson hosts the Harvard Invite.  The Crimson takes on Michigan, San Diego State, Marist and Santa Clara in the two-day event.

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Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network will stream the Crimson's remaining home events at Blodgett Pool this season. All 17 games across the two-day event will be stream. 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 through the duration of their subscription.


Schedule of Events
The Event will feature 10 teams from all of the country, including Princeton, Brown, Iona, Wagner, Michigan, Hartwick, Marist, Santa Clara and San Diego State.


Day 1        
8:00 a.m.       Harvard vs. Michigan
9:15 a.m.       Princeton vs. Hartwick
10:30 a.m.       Santa Clara vs. Wagner
11:45 a.m.       Brown vs. Iona
1:00 p.m.       San Diego State vs. Marist
2:15 p.m.       Wagner vs. Hartwick
3:30 p.m.       Princeton vs. Iona
4:45 p.m.       Santa Clara vs. Brown
6:00 p.m.       Michigan vs. Marist
7:15 p.m.       Harvard vs. San Diego State
Day 2:        
8:00 a.m.       Princeton vs. Santa Clara
9:15 a.m.       Harvard vs. Marist
10:30 a.m.       San Diego State vs. Iona
11:45 a.m.       Wagner vs. Brown
1:00 p.m.       Harvard vs. Santa Clara
2:15 p.m.       Michigan vs. San Diego State
3:30 p.m.       Brown vs. Hartwick

A Salute to the Seniors
Class of 2014 members Jelena Cyr and Shayna Price will be honored prior to Harvard's first game on Sunday against Santa Clara. The duo has helped Harvard University to 59 wins over the course of four years with more than half of the current season to go. Cyr and Price were key parts of the 2013 campaign where the Crimson became the first team since the 2000-02 run to post three consecutive winning season with an 18-16 overall record, recording the longest winning streak -- eight games -- in program history and a sixth-place finish at the Collegiate Water Polo Eastern Championships.

Last Time Out
Despite outshooting the Tigers 30-24, the Crimson was unable to outlast its opponents narrowly falling to No. 7 Princeton, 11-9, on ESPNU. At the end of the first quarter, Harvard held a slim, 5-4 advantage before Princeton outscore the Crimson 4-2 in the second to take a one-goal lead. In the third frame, Andersen tallied the lone goal for Harvard as the Tigers pushed its lead to two with eight minutes to go. Harvard and Princeton both added one goal in the final frame as the Tigers remained unbeaten on the season. 

Yoshi Andersen and Shayna Price headlined the Crimson offense with three goals apiece, while Charlotte Hendrix, Michelle Martinelli, and Alexis Del Toro each contributed one score. Defensively, Hendrix and Price added three thefts and Ariel Dukes made six saves in the win.
Related Link: Women's Water Polo Falls to No. 7 Princeton, 11-9, on ESPNU

Spread the Wealth
Six Crimson student-athletes have reached double-figure scoring, while 14 of the 15 members of the squad have recorded at least one goal. Yoshi Andersen and Shayna Price are tied at the top with 26 goals apiece, while Michelle Martinelli has 14 goals, Melissa Balding has added 13 scores and Alexis Del Toro and Victoria Frager have both recorded 11.

Dynamic Duo
Senior co-captain Shayna Price and sophomore Yoshi Andersen are tied for the team-lead with 26 goals through the first 10 games of the year. Both attackers have found the back of the net in nine games, while each registering six hat tricks, with the most recently three-goal effort coming against Princeton Sunday, March 2.

Defense Wins Championships
The Crimson has outscored opponents 124-94, while allowing an average of 9.4 goals per game. Harvard has limited its competition to single-digit scoring in six of its 10 games.

In Between The Pipes
Junior co-captain Ariel Dukes has made 73 stops in net for the Crimson. 

Playing in March
When playing in the month of March, Harvard owns a 125-76 all-time record (62.1 win percent).

Home Sweet Home
The Crimson enters the weekend with a 3-1 record at Blodgett Pool this season. Harvard reeled off three straight wins against Siena, Villanova and Iona after falling to Wagner at the CWPA/MAAC Crossover Feb. 22-23. Under head coach Ted Minnis, Harvard owns a 16-2 record at its home venue.

Racking up the Awards
Harvard has earned three Collegiate Water Polo awards this season. Yoshi Andersen picked up Player of the Week honors (Feb. 4). Senior Jelena Cyr was tabbed Player of the Week Feb. 11. Michelle Martinelli and Alexis Del Toro were honored as Rookies of the Week Feb. 4 and Feb. 25 respectively.

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 59-46 record. Minnis needs four more wins to move past Jim Flerchinger (62-47) and 11 more wins to move ahead head coach Maureen Travers (66-38).

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.

All-Time Against The Field
Harvard looks to remain undefeated in the all-time series as the Crimson will face San Diego State and Santa Clara for the fourth time, holding a 3-0 advantage over both west coast opponents. Harvard and Michigan will meet for just the 10th time in program history as the Crimson trail, 2-6-1. The Crimson and Marist will also meet for the 10th time with the Red Fox leading the all-time series, 6-3. 

Looking Ahead
The Crimson will gear up for its annual trip out west where the Crimson will play 10 games from March 15-21.