Yoshi Andersen Named CWPA Player of the Week

Yoshi Andersen Named CWPA Player of the Week

Andersen and the Crimson went 3-1 as hosts of Harvard Invite. (Zack Williamson)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announced its weekly awards ­Tuesday, with Harvard's Yoshi Andersen being named the Division I/II Player of the Week.

The Crimson is coming off a strong showing as the hosts of the Harvard Invite, going 3-1 on the weekend. Harvard's only loss during the homestand came against No. 9 San Jose State. Andersen was a driving force behind the Crimson's winning weekend, contributing in every facet of the game with 12 goals, four assists and four steals.

She scored at least two goals in all four of Harvard's games, while also tallying an assist and a steal in two games. In the Crimson's overtime win over Marist, Andersen scored two goals, tallied an assist and recorded three steals. Against VMI, she put away three more goals in Harvard's narrow 12-11 victory over the Keydets.

Her best game of the weekend came against No. 9 San Jose State, when she scored four goals and assisted on three others, accounting for seven of the teams 12 goals.

This marks the first Player of the Week win for the Crimson's this season and the second in Andersen career.

Senior captain Ariel Dukes saw action in all four games this weekend, making 39 saves and tallying four assists, earning a place on the Defensive Player of the Week Honor Roll. In the Crimson's exciting double-overtime victory over Marist, Dukes made an astounding 20 saves, while allowing only seven goals and shutting the Red Foxes out in both overtime periods. She also made seven second half saves in Harvard's 12-11 win over VMI.

Freshman Sami Strutner was named to the Rookie of the Week Honor Roll after contributed in the Crimson's wins over Connecticut College and VMI. In three games of action, Strutner totaled three goals, three assists and one steal. Strutner's top performances featured three assists and a steal against the Camels and scoring two goals in the, 12-11, win over the Keydets.

The Crimson is back in action this weekend when it opens its annual west coast road trip with a game, Sunday, March 15 against Sonoma State.