CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 13 Harvard women's water polo team will return to Blodgett Pool Thursday night as it hosts No. 20 Hartwick in its final home game of the season. Opening sprint is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Harvard concluded its nine-game California road trip with a sweep in Santa Barbara against Santa Clara and UC Santa Barbara. In the finale against the host, Michelle Martinelli skipped in the game-winning goal with two seconds remaining for the Crimson's sixth-straight win in the Golden State, while Harvard downed the No. 13 team for the second time this season.
Martinelli's goal landed her a spot on the Harvard Top 5 Plays of the Week.
Cleo Harrington, Martinelli and Kristen Hong swept this week's CWPA Division I/II weekly awards, as the league announced Wednesday. Harrington tabbed her third Defensive Player of the Week honors, Martinelli took home her first Player of the Week award and Hong picked up her fourth Rookie of the Week honors.
Harvard posted its best record on its annual California road trip, going 7-2, besting its 5-3 record from a season ago. Prior to 2014, Harvard had never won more than three games during its West Coast tour.
One For The Books
Harvard earned wins over CSUN, Loyola Marymount, Azusa Pacific and UC Santa Barbara for the first time in their all-time series history.
In the Ranks
Harvard earned its highest ranking ever in the CWPA poll, checking at No. 13 this week.
The Crimson have feasted on opponents the past six seasons at home, going 29-9 overall, including two unblemished seasons.
Hong has been a steady all-around force for Harvard this season as she leads the team with 58 goals, is second with 31 steals and is tied for second with 25 assists. With her fourth Rookie of the Week honor of the season this week, Hong set the record for earning the most Rookie of the Week honors in program history.
When playing in the month of March, Harvard owns a 149-97 all-time record.
Rank and File
The Crimson has defeated seven top-25 opponents this season, a first in program history.
Though Harvard trails 3-28 in the all-time series, the Crimson has gotten the upper hand recently, taking two of the last three matchups.
Sophomore Zsofia Polak has already surpassed her scoring output from a season ago and leads the Hawks with 76 goals. Fellow sophomore Nikolina Mihajilovik follows with 49 scores while senior Michaela Davies has seen the most action in net with 143 saves.
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 head to Ann Arbor for a trio of games against Indiana and Michigan April 9 before closing out the trip against Princeton the following day. The Crimson's contest against Michigan can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.
Ivy League Digital Network
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