No. 13 Harvard (19-7) vs. Brown (9-19)
Harvard will look to gain its first points in CWPA play (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a three-game road trip to open CWPA play in Michigan, the No. 13 Harvard women's water polo team will stay on the road to take on Brown in a conference clash at 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Harvard fell short to No. 16 Princeton, 9-7, in its final game of its opening weekend of CWPA play Sunday at Canham Natatorium. Looking to snap a 22-game losing streak to the Tigers, Melissa Balding gave Harvard the lead, but Princeton used a 3-0 run in second period and never looked back to hand the Crimson its third straight defeat.
Harvard is one win away from tying its single season win record and recording its fourth season in program history with 20 triumphs. The next win will also mark the first time in program history the Crimson has registered back-to-back 20-win seasons.
The next win under The Friends of Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis will mark the first time a Harvard head coach has tallied multiple 20-win seasons. Minnis already owns the career win total with 106 under his tenure.
Cleo Harrington surpassed the 200-save mark this weekend to total 223 on the season. Harrington becomes the first sophomore to surpass the 200-save mark since Ariel Dukes '15 posted 246 stops in 2013.
In the Ranks
Harvard earned its highest ranking ever in the CWPA poll, checking at No. 13 the past three weeks.
Rank and File
The Crimson has defeated eight top-25 opponents this season, a first in program history.
The Bears boast a 9-19 mark on the season and are 1-2 in CWPA play after splitting with George Washington and Bucknell on Saturday.
Brown has gotten the better of Harvard in its previous eight matchups, with Harvard taking one victory. The Bears took the lead in the final minute to outlast Harvard, 8-7, in its prior matchup in the fifth-place game of the CWPA Championship a season ago. Andersen led the way for the Crimson with four goals, while Michelle Martinelli tallied a hat trick.
With four conference games remaining, Harvard will look to gain a key two points against Brown. The Crimson and George Washington are the lone teams in the CWPA that have yet to win a conference game.
Aye Aye, Captain
Andersen and 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 close out its regular season with a trio of CWPA contests this weekend in Princeton, New Jersey. The Crimson will open with an 11:20 a.m. matchup against Hartwick and a 6 p.m. contest against Bucknell on Saturday before facing George Washington at 1 p.m. on Sunday.