Harvard vs. No. 13 Indiana (0-2)
Harvard vs. St. Francis N.Y. (0-0)
Harvard will return to the Bruno Classic for the first time since 2013 (Zach Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 21 women's water polo will head to Providence, Rhode Island to duel against four opponents as part of the Bruno Classic this weekend. The Crimson will open up against Hawaii and Marist on Saturday and close out the invitational against Indiana and St. Francis Brooklyn on Sunday.
Last Time Out
Harvard got off to a strong start in its season debut, tallying a pair of 14-goal performances in a 14-4 triumph in the opener against Villanova and followed with a 14-5 win against Iona as it hosted the Harvard Mini Jan. 30.
Harvard was led by its freshmen in the season debut against Villanova as eight of the team's 14 goals came from rookies, led by Kristen Hong with five scores, while Sam Acker tallied a dozen stops in net. The Crimson's first-years were instrumental in the finale against Iona as well, combining for five scores.
Harvard has posted a 13-2 record on the opening day of the season under Minnis. The Crimson has started the season against both Villanova and Iona each of the past six seasons, going 10-2 against the pair.
Shut it Down
Harvard held Villanova to just four goals on opening day, the lowest scoring output Harvard has allowed on opening day since it surrendered one goal against the Wildcats Feb. 4, 2012.
Blanking the Board
Acker shutout Villanova for the final two periods and Cleo Harrington blanked Iona in the second period. The duo combined for 17 saves in net, while allowing only nine scores on the weekend.
Nikki Daurio, Hong and Colby Stapleton made an immediate impact last Saturday as each notched at least one goal in both games, with Hong netting multiple goals in each contest, tying Melissa Balding with eight tallies over the two contests.
The Crimson have feasted on opponents the past six seasons at home, going 24-8 overall, including two unblemished seasons.
Scouting No. 4 Hawaii
Hawaii got off to a 5-1 start competing at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament Jan. 22-24. The Rainbow Wahine downed a trio of top-25 teams in San Jose State, Michigan and California.
Freshman Julia Barton got off to a strong start opening weekend, netting 12 goals en route to earning the inaugural Big West Player of the Week honors.
Scouting No. 20 Marist
The Red Foxes are off to a 1-3 start after competing at the Michigan Invite last weekend, earning a 8-6 decision over San Diego State for its lone victory.
Junior Amanda Amorosa is the leading returning scorer for the Red Foxes. Amorosa broke the school single-season scoring record last year with 87 goals added another team-best 47 assists to collect All-MAAC first team honors.
Scouting No. 13 Indiana
The Hoosiers are coming off two-straight defeats to Arizona State Jan. 23 at the ASU Invitational.
Indiana returns the reigning CWPA Rookie of the Year in Kelly Matthews. The sophomore snapped the back of the net 73 times last season, setting an Indiana freshman record.
Scouting St. Francis N.Y.
The Terriers will see their first action in the pool this season at the Bruno Classic, taking on Brown, Hartwick and Bucknell before facing the Crimson.
St. Francis Brooklyn posted a 5-24 record last season, including a 1-11 mark in MAAC play. Sunday's matchup marks the first time the Crimson and Terriers will square off each other.
A Season Ago
Harvard posted one of its most memorable seasons in recent history, posting a 20-13 record, including a 6-3 mark in CWPA play and finished sixth at the CWPA Championship. The 20-win season marked the first time since 2000 the Crimson reached the 20-win mark and was just the third time in program history.
The Friends of Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis was named the CWPA Division I/II Coach of the Year, the first such honor obtained by a Harvard women's water polo coach. Minnis also broke the career-wins mark with 87 victories in just five seasons.
For the first time in program history, two student-athletes earned All-America status as Yoshi Andersen and Charlotte Hendrix were tabbed to the 2015 Division I ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention team.
Anderson posted a team-high 65 goals to go with 40 assists and 31 steals. Hendrix followed with 58 goals, while adding a team-best 45 assists and 27 steals.
Harvard spent 10 days in Italy for preseason training earlier this month, catch up on their training blog here.
Aye Aye, Captain
Andersen and Eela Nagaraj will serve as captains for the 2016 season. Andersen has led the team in scoring in each of the past two seasons, while Nagaraj has been a steady force as an attacker.
Harvard stay on the road as it heads to the Princeton Invitational Feb. 13-14.
Ivy League Digital Network
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