Women’s Water Polo Returns Home to Host the Harvard Invite

The Crimson brings momentum of four-game win streak to Blodgett Pool. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's water polo is set for its only homestand of the season as hosts of the Harvard Invite March 7-8. The Crimson welcomes seven teams from around the country and will play four games over the two days. Harvard kicks the weekend off, Saturday, March 7 against Connecticut College at 9 a.m. and Marist at 6:45 p.m. The homestand comes to an end, Sunday, March 8 against No. 9 San Jose State at 8 a.m. and VMI at 2:15 p.m.

  • Harvard and the Ivy League Digital Network will be live streaming every match of the Harvard Invite. Find the full schedule and links HERE
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Last Time Out
Harvard is coming off a strong weekend at Bucknell, going 3-0 and pushing its win streak to four games. The Crimson opened the weekend road trip with a dominate 12-2 victory over Mercyhurst. Harvard returned to the pool the following day taking down Bucknell, 12-5, and Hartwick, 11-6. Charlotte Hendrix was the spark for the Crimson throughout the weekend scoring seven goals, tallying six assists and a steal. Harvard's goalies did their part, saving a combined 34 shots, earning the pair co-Defensive Player of the Week honors from the CWPA

Senior Send Off
Harvard will be honoring the 2015 senior class, Saturday, March 7 before its match with Marist. The 2015 class features three student-athletes.

Victoria Frager, a La Jolla, Calif. native, has been an impact player since arriving in Cambridge in 2012, culminating in being named a team captain for the 2015 season. Frager has been a two-way player for the Crimson, with a career-goal mark nearing 80 and as a staple at the 2-meter defender position. Upon graduation, Frager will use her degree in Applied Mathematics, with a focus in Molecular and Cellular Biology, to pursue a career in healthcare consulting with Boston's Putnam Associates.

Ariel Dukes, a Winter Park, Fla. native, has been a force between the pipes for Harvard since her freshman season. Dukes' save total has surpassed the 700 mark for her career. Since 2012, Dukes has been named the CWPA Defensive Player of the Week a program-best eight times. Dukes will be moving out west to San Francisco after graduation to begin a career with LinkedIn.

Kalina Grabb, a Boulder, Colo. native, has been an important utility player for the Crimson throughout her career. Grabb became a regular for Harvard as a sophomore, posting 24 goals, 14 assists and 19 steals. She followed up that performance with 20 goals, 24 assists and 34 steals as a junior. Grabb, after studying Environmental Engineering and Earth and Planetary Science at Harvard, plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a career in oceanographic research.

About Connecticut College
The Camels will open their season against the Crimson in the first game of the Harvard Invite. Connecticut College went 15-10 in 2014 taking home the Division III Championship. The Crimson holds a perfect 25-0 record against the Camels including a 17-7 victory last season at the CWPA Championships.

About Marist
Marist holds a 5-6 record heading into the Harvard Invite. 11 games in to the season, the Red Foxes have faced six ranked opponents, defeating then-No.9 Indiana and then-No. 20 Hartwick. Harvard trails Marist, 6-4 in the all-time series, but has defeated the Red Foxes in the last two meetings.

About No. 9 San Jose State
The Spartans are 12-5 this season. San Jose is no stranger to tough opposition, having played against 12-consecutive ranked teams, going 7-5. The Spartans boast two players that have reached the 40 goal mark this season. The Crimson will look to break a five-game skid against San Jose and register its first win in the all-time series.

About VMI
VMI is 1-3 after four games in the 2015 season. The Keydets defeated Norte Dame College, 17-4, in February. The Crimson and VMI first meet last season with Harvard coming away with a 16-6 victory.

Up Next
The Crimson are off next week, before it heads out on its annual California road trip. This year's trip will feature eight matches in seven days against top-ranked opposition like UC-Davis, Stanford, the University of the Pacific and Santa Clara.