No. 15 Harvard (5-1) vs. No. 23 Cal Baptist (5-3)
Saturday, Feb. 13 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Harvard trails, 7-8
L, 12-9 (Feb. 7, 2015)
Harvard vs. Villanova (1-1)
Sunday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m.
Harvard leads, 24-2
W, 14-4 (Jan. 30, 2016)
Harvard will compete at the Princeton Invitational for the fifth-straight year (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 15 women's water polo will head to Princeton, New Jersey for a trio of games as part of the Princeton Invitational. Harvard will open up play on Saturday against Cal Baptist and Wagner and close out competition Sunday against Villanova.
Last Time Out
The Crimson went 3-1 last weekend at the Bruno Classic, earning wins against then-No. 20 Marist, No. 13 Indiana and St. Francis Brooklyn.
Harvard earned its first win over Indiana, downing its highest-ranked opponent in program history to snap a 13-game losing streak spanning 19 years against the Hoosiers. The Crimson followed with another series first, downing St. Francis Brooklyn in its final matchup in the pool.
Going the Distance
Harvard's overtime win over Marist marked the first overtime victory since Feb. 8, 2014 when it downed Princeton in a 13-12 decision at the Princeton Invitational. Under Minnis, the Crimson has posted a perfect 4-0 mark in overtime games and a 2-1 record in sudden death overtime.
In the Ranks
Harvard is ranked No. 15 in this week's CWPA, marking its highest rank in program history.
Kristen Hong is the lone member of the Crimson to score at least one goal in all six games. Hong leads the team with 19 goals and has registered five multi-goal efforts.
Scouting No. 23 California Baptist
The Lancers stand at 5-3 overall and are riding a four-game winning streak. California Baptist swept its games at the Whittier Open last weekend, cruising past Occidental, 16-3, and Pomona Pitzer, 13-4.
Scouting No. 19 Wagner
Wagner holds a 5-6 record with its most recent action coming at the Bruno Classic, going 2-3 at the tournament. Head Coach Chris Radmonovich became the programs all-time wins leader after downing Bucknell at the Bruno Classic for his 117th victory.
Villanova's record holds at 1-1 with its lone action of the season coming at the Harvard Mini Jan. 30, where the Crimson opened the season with a 14-4 victory over the Wildcats. Harvard's freshmen accounted for eight of the teams 14 goals, including five from Hong, while Sam Acker recorded a second half shutout.
The Crimson have feasted on opponents the past six seasons at home, going 26-8 overall, including two unblemished seasons.
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.
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.
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 will host the Harvard Invitational March 5-6 at Blodgett Pool, taking on Mercyhurst, Princeton, Siena and Fresno Pacific. All 17 games of the invitational can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Netork.
Ivy League Digital Network
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