No. 16 Harvard (8-1) vs. Mercyhurst (4-3)
Harvard vs. No. 20 Princeton (6-1)
Harvard vs. Siena (1-9)
Sunday, March 6 – 3:30 p.m.
Ivy League Digital Network
John Avino, Chris Boscherini
Harvard leads, 4-0
Harvard will honor its seniors before its contests against Princeton (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 16 women's water polo will return to Blodgett Pool this weekend as it hosts the Harvard Invitational March 5-6. The Crimson will open up with games against Mercyhurst and honor its seniors against No. 20 Princeton on Saturday before contests against Siena and Fresno Pacific on Sunday.
On the Docket
Brown, Fresno Pacific, Hartwick, Indiana, Iona, Marist, Mercyhurst, Princeton, Siena and Wagner will all be making the trek to Cambridge to compete at the invitational. All 17 games of the Harvard Invitational can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Crimson posted its first undefeated record at the Princeton Invitational Feb. 13-14, going a perfect 3-0 with wins against Cal Baptist, Wagner and Villanova.
Harvard is off to its best start to the season since 1995, when it also posted an 8-1 record in its first nine games.
In the Ranks
Harvard earned its highest ranking ever in the CWPA poll Feb. 10, checking at No. 15.
Rank and File
The Crimson has defeated four top-25 opponents this season, a first in program history.
Just Keep Winning
Harvard is riding a six-game win streak, its longest win streak since winning eight in-a-row during the 2013 season.
Kristen Hong is the lone member of the Crimson to score at least one goal in all six games. Hong leads the team with 25 goals and has registered seven multi-goal efforts. Hong has picked up two CWPA Division I/II Rookie of the Week honors this season, most recently earning the nod the week of Feb. 16. Hong and Michigan's Kim Johnson are the only two players in the nation to earn Division I/II Rookie of the Week honors twice this season.
Harvard will honor Andersen, Hendrix and Lobato before its contest against Princeton. This year's graduating class is one of Harvard's most successful classes ever, amassing a record of 61-50, including a 14-8 mark at Blodgett Pool. The class of 2016 led Harvard to a 20-win season last year, the first time since 2000 the Crimson reached the 20-win mark and was just the third time in program history.
The Crimson have feasted on opponents the past six seasons at home, going 26-8 overall, including two unblemished seasons.
Mercyhurst stands at 4-3 on the season and is coming off a 1-2 weekend competing at the Hartwick Open. Kennedy Watson leads the Lakers with 23 goals on the season, while Jesse Sworden has started all seven games in net, compiling 52 saves.
Scouting No. 20 Princeton
The Tigers hold a 6-1 mark and are coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Bucknell Invitational. The Tigers are without goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson, who is taking the year off to train on the U.S. Olympic Team. Johnson set two NCAA tournament records last year, setting the single-game mark with 22 saves against UC Irvine, while making 50 stops over three games to set the tournament record.
Siena is 1-9 on the season with its lone win coming Feb. 20 against Washington & Jefferson. The Saints are a youthful roster, with nine of its 14 player's underclassmen, including six freshmen. Clare Bryan is the Saints top returning scorer from last season, posting 33 tallies in her freshman campaign.
Scouting Fresno Pacific
The Sunbirds claim a 6-4 mark on the year and are coming off a four-game sweep at the Tina Finali Invitational. Senior Emily Marr has led Fresno Pacific in scoring the past two seasons and earned GCC honorable mention status after posting 27 goals.
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 embark on its annual California road trip March 12-19. The Crimson will face nine opponents in five days with appearances at the SDSU Aztec Invite and LMU Invitational.
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