No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Hosts Brown, Closes Regular Season on the Road

The Crimson looks to close out 2015 on a high note. (Zack Williamson)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 20 Harvard women's water polo closes the 2015 regular season this week, starting with a Thursday evening clash with Brown at 7:30 p.m. in Blodgett Pool. The Crimson then travels to Providence, Rhode Island for a Saturday doubleheader against Princeton at 11:30 a.m. and George Washington at 3:30 p.m.

All three of Harvard's matches this week will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Click on the links below to catch all the action

Last Time Out
The Crimson opened the weekend with a dominant, 15-1, victory over Notre Dame College. Harvard than ran into two tough opponents in Indiana and Michigan. The Crimson fell to the then-No. 16 Hoosiers 12-7 and nearly upset then-No. 15 Michigan, 12-9. Sophomore Michelle Martinelli played well over the weekend scoring eight goals and notching four assists, including two hat trick performances.

Well Rounded
The Crimson has seen great performances from the entire roster in 2015. Harvard boasts 10 double-digit scorers led by Yoshi Andersen and Charlotte Hendrix, who have netted 53 and 50 goals, respectively. The Crimson has also seen 10 players eclipse the double-digit-mark in assists, with Hendrix, Andersen, Victoria Frager and Zoe Osborne with over 30 each. In the steals department, 11 Crimson players are over the double-digit mark, with four players passing the 20-steal mark, led by Osborne's 29.

Harvard's two keepers have also been strong between the posts this season. Senior captain Ariel Dukes has stopped 131 shots this season, adding 12 assists, 12 steals and a CWPA Defensive Player of the Week performance. Freshman Cleo Harrington has been stellar in her first collegiate season, making 138 saves, while also tallying nine assists, nine steals and CWPA Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors.

About Brown
The Bears come to Blodgett Pool holding a 17-14 overall record. Brown is 2-3 in its last five games with wins over Connecticut College and Notre Dame College. The Bears are led on offense by sophomore Shannon Crowley, who leads the team in goals with 71 and assists with 41. She has had a hand in 37 percent of Brown's offensive output this season. The Crimson and the Bears have faced off 104 times in the pool with Harvard leading the all-time series 56-47-1. Brown has had the upper hand in recent years taking the last five match ups.

About No. 13 Princeton
Princeton has had a strong 2015 season, going 24-3 thus far. The Tigers went into last weekend riding a six-game winning streak before falling to Indiana, the second time the Hoosiers had beaten Princeton this season. Princeton is led by the two-pronged attack of Ashley Hatcher and Haley Wan. Hatcher leads the team in goals with 63, while Wan leads the team in assists with 41. Princeton has dominated the all-time series, leading 35-11. The Tigers are on a 19-game win streak with the Crimson last taking a match up April 25, 2005. 

About George Washington
The Colonials enter will enter the weekend with a 12-12 overall record. George Washington is 2-3 in its last five games, falling to familiar foes Michigan and Indiana. Freshman Jacqueline Bywater powers the Colonials, leading the team in goals with 67 and assists with 47, accounting for 71 percent of George Washington's offense this season. Harvard has dominated the series with George Washington since the two started playing in 2000, taking 22 of 23 match ups, last losing to the Colonials in 2004.

The Crimson will be back in action next week at the CWPA Eastern Championships, April 24-26, hosted by Princeton.