4 Melissa Balding
4 - Melissa Balding
Height: 5-5
Year: Junior
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
High School: Edison
Position: 2-meter
House Affiliation: Kirkland

Career Highs
Goals: 5 vs. Iona (1/30/16)
Assists: 4 at Fresno Pacific (3/17/15)
Steals: 3 (3x) last vs. Hartwick (3/24/16)

2016 (Junior)
CWPA Division I/II all-conference second team ... Finished the season with 60 goals, 20 assists and 21 steals ... Tallied three goals, two assist and two steals against Villanova and added a season-high five goals against Iona (Jan. 30) … Snapped a pair of scores against Hawaii (Feb. 6) … Posted four goals and an assist against St. Francis N.Y. (Feb. 7) … Scored four goals against Villanova (Feb. 14) … Tallied a pair of gaols, assist and steals against Siena and added two goals, an assist and a steal against Fresno Pacific (March 6) … Tallied two goals and an assist against Chapman and added a goal and a steal against UCSD (March 13) … Tacked a pair of goals against CSUN and posted a goal, an assist and a steal against Redlands (March 17) … Registered four goals and an assist against LMU and added two goals and a steal against Azusa Pacific (March 18) … Posted a trio of scores and two steals at UC Santa Barbara (March 19) … Recorded three goals, two assists and three steals against Hartwick (March 24) … Snapped a hat trick against Indiana to go with an assist and two steals and scored a goal against Princeton (April 10) … Recorded two goals and a steal at Brown (April 13) … Tallied four goals against Hartwick and two against Bucknell (April 16) … Netted a hat trick against George Washington (April 17).

2015 (Sophomore)
Named a CWPA All-Division I/II honorable mention … Finished the season with 50 goals, 23 assists and 18 steals … Opened the season with three goals and an assists in a victory over Villanova (Feb. 1) and added three more goals later that day against St. Francis (Feb. 1) … Found the back of the net twice against then-No. 9 Princeton (Feb. 7) … Scored two goals and added two steals in a victory over Dartmouth, helping the Crimson take third at the inaugural Ivy Championships … Contributed four points, on three goals and an assists, in a win over Mercyhurst (Feb. 18) … Netted two goals, made one helper and one steal in a win over Bucknell (March 1) … Scored two goals and made two steal in a win against Connecticut College (March 7) at the Harvard Invite … Netted three crucial goals in the Crimson’s overtime victory over Marist (March 7) at the Harvard Invite … Scored a team-high four goals in a victory over Sonoma St. (March 15) … Netted a team-high four goals in a win against Fresno Pacific (March 16) … Found the back of the net twice in the Crimson’s narrow loss to then-No. 11 UC Davis (March 16) … Tallied a team-high four assists against then-No. 15 Pacific … Found the back of the net twice and added three steals in a win against Notre Dame College (April 11) … Netted one goal, made two assists and registered a steal in a game against Michigan (April 12) … Scored a goal and made an assist in a victory over Brown (April 16), helping snap a five-game losing streak to the Bears … Tallied two assists in a win over George Washington (April 18)  … Scored a game-high four goals in a CWPA Championship game against Hartwick (April 24) … Assisted on two goals in a win over Bucknell (April 25) at the CWPA Championship.

2014 (Freshman)
Named the CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Year ... Earned Harvard's 2014 Rookie of the Year Accolades ... Finished the season with 45 goals, six assists and 13 steals ... Netted four goals at Villanova and scored a goal versus Iona (Feb. 1) … Buried four goals against VMI and had a steal versus Iona (Feb. 10) … Scored a goal against Wagner (Feb. 9) … Scored four goals versus Siena (Feb. 22) … Had a steal at Villanova and a goal against Iona (Feb. 23) … Chipped in a steal versus Michigan and had a goal and a theft versus San Diego State (March 8) … Recorded a hat trick versus Marist and a goal against Santa Clara (March 9) … Named CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week (March 11) … Had a goal and two assists versus Cal Lutheran and two goals at San Diego State (March 15) … Recorded a goal and two steals versus UC San Diego (March 16) … Tabbed CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week (March 17) … Had a goal against Whittier and Pomono (March 19) … Chipped in a steal at Cal State Northridge and a goal against Cal Lutheran (March 20) … Had a goal against UCLA (March 21) … Registered a goal, an assist and three steals at George Washington (March 29) … Tallied a goal and an assist at Brown (April 2) … Scored two goals at Bucknell and recorded a steal versus Princeton (April 5) … Recorded a hat trick against Mercyhurst (April 6) ... Buried two goals and registered a helper versus George Washington on day one of the CWPA Southern Division Championships (April 12) ... Had a steal against Bucknell in the third-place game at Southerns (April 13). 

Before Hardvard
Selected as captain as a senior and earned four varsity letters in water polo … Fifth on Edison's all-time goals list … Edison record holder for most ejections drawn in a game … Two-time All-League first-team selection … All-League second-team honoree as a freshman and sophomore … In 2013, All-CIF second-team selection … All-Southern California third-team selection as a senior … Led her club team to two Cal Cup Championships in 2010 and 2011 … Helped the US to a second-place finish at the 2012 18U Junior Olympics … First team All-American selection at the Junior Olympics in 2012 … Three-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American … Named Edison's Model United Nations Most Outstanding Junior … Member of Edison's Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership team.