Women’s Water Polo Heads to New Jersey for Inaugural Ivy Championship Tournament

Women’s Water Polo Heads to New Jersey for Inaugural Ivy Championship Tournament

The Crimson looks to win first Ivy League tournament championship. (Zack Williamson)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a week off, Harvard women's water polo will take on Brown, Sunday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m., in an Ivy League Tournament semifinal match in Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. 

Watch the action live on the Ivy League Digital Network

Last Time Out
The Crimson competed at the Princeton Invitational two weeks ago, leaving with a 2-2 record. 

On the first day of action, Harvard faced off against Wagner in an early morning match up, falling 12-9. Junior Yoshi Andersen lead the way for the Crimson with four goals and three assists against the Seahawks. Harvard returned to the pool that evening to take on hosts, then-No. 9 Princeton. The Crimson battled hard but eventually lost 12-6. Melissa Balding and Andersen found the back of the net twice against the Tigers.

The Crimson fared better in the second day of action, picking up two wins. Harvard was firing on all cylinders in the first game of the day, dominating Villanova, 12-3. Andersen and Charlotte Hendrix had three goals apiece, while Victoria Frager registered four assists. The Crimson did not let up in the second game, fighting off a stubborn Iona team to secure a 12-8 victory. Kalina Grabb paced Harvard with four goals and an assist.

A New Tradition
This marks the first-ever women's water polo Ivy Championship Tournament. The tournament will feature seven Ivy League institutions and will be played out over two days, Feb. 21-22. Day one of the tournament will feature four club teams battling it out for a spot in the semifinal against Princeton the following day. Penn takes on Cornell and Columbia takes on Dartmouth to open the tournament. The winners of those games face each other for a spot against the top-seeded Tigers. Day two will see the, second-seeded, Crimson take on Brown for a spot in the championship against either Princeton or the club team winner. 

About Brown
The Bears come in to the weekend with a 1-2 overall record. Brown dropped its first game of the season and went 1-1 at the Princeton Invitational, taking down Iona 10-9 before losing to Wagner, 16-8. The Bears are led by sophomore Shannon Crowley who has a team-high five goals this season. 

Up Next
The Crimson is back in action next week for a three-game road swing at Bucknell. Harvard takes on Mercyhurst, Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11:45 a.m. The Crimson returns to the pool, Sunday, March 1 to face Bucknell at 9 a.m. and Hartwick at 2:15 p.m.