No. 13 Harvard (19-4) vs. No. 15 Indiana (15-6)
Harvard vs. No. 8 Michigan (20-6)
Sunday, April 10 – 9 a.m.
Harvard trails, 12-37
L, 12-8 (March 5, 2016)
Saturday's game against Michigan will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 13 Harvard women's water polo team will open up CWPA play this weekend with a trio of games in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Crimson will take on No. 15 Indiana and No. 8 Michigan Saturday before closing out play Sunday against No. 13 Princeton. Saturday's contest against Michigan can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.
Last Time Out
Yoshi Andersen delivered the game-winning goal with just over a minute remaining to power Harvard past Hartwick, 11-10, in its final regular season home game March 24. Melissa Balding powered the offense with a trio of scores, while Andersen and Sami Strutner tacked on a pair. Cleo Harrington posted eight saves between the pipes.
Silver Screen Playbook
Saturday's contest against Michigan will mark the first time Harvard will be featured on the Big Ten Network and its second appearance overall on national television. The Crimson previously faced Princeton March 2, 2014 on ESPNU.
Harrington and Kristen Hong tabbed CWPA I/II awards the week of March 30, with Harrington garnering Defensive Player of the Week and Hong taking Rookie of the Week. Harrington earned her fourth award of the season to set the single-season record for Defensive Player of the Week awards, while Hong furthered her Harvard rookie record with her fifth of the year.
Harvard has been dominant in conference openers recently, taking the past three contests, while posting a 15-10 record in conference play over the past four seasons.
Hong has been a steady all-around force for Harvard this season as she leads the team with 59 goals, is second with 32 steals and is tied for second with 26 assists. The freshman leads the team with 16 multi-goal efforts and has scored in all but two contests. Hong has garnered CWPA Division I/II Rookie of the Week honors five times this season, more than any other freshman in program history.
In the Ranks
Harvard earned its highest ranking ever in the CWPA poll, checking at No. 13 the past two weeks.
Rank and File
The Crimson has defeated eight top-25 opponents this season, a first in program history.
Michigan stands at 20-6 on the year and is riding a four-game win streak. The Wolverines have downed 15 top-25 opponents, including four ranked within the top-10.
Caroline Anderson leads the team with 85 points on 34 goals and has already set the sophomore single-season record with 51 assists. Ali Thomason holds the team lead with 64 goals and is second with 34 steals.
The Hoosiers saw their five-game win streak snapped in an 11-8 decision to Michigan on Saturday to put Indiana at 15-6 on the season. Harvard earned its first win over the Hoosiers in the prior matchup Feb. 7, snapping a 13-game losing streak with a 12-11 overtime victory.
Kelly Matthews paces Indiana's attack with 56 goals and has dished out 39 assists. Candyce Schroder follows with 43 scores, while lending out 16 helpers.
The Tigers claim a 13-3 mark on the season. After starting the season 9-1 and reaching No. 14 in the rankings, Princeton went 4-2 competing at the San Diego State Invitational and the LMU Invitational.
Haley Wan holds the edge for the team lead with 32 goals, 24 assists and 22 steals. Lindsey Kellenher follows Wan across the board with 27 scores, 21 assists and 18 steals. Helena Van Brande has played all but one game in net for the Tigers, amassing 117 saves to go with five helpers and 29 steals.
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 Brown April 13 for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
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