Harvard will open up the CWPA Championship against defending champion Princeton (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 18 Harvard women's water polo team will open up the CWPA Championship Friday afternoon at Blodgett Pool against No. 17 Princeton at 4:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
In its final weekend of the regular season at Princeton, Harvard edged Hartwick, 12-11, in its opener April 16 before falling to Bucknell, 7-6. The Crimson cruised past George Washington the following day, 18-4, to close out regular season.
Swimming up to Boston
The three-day CWPA Championship returns to Cambridge for the first time since 2009 as Blodgett Pool will be the site for a record sixth time. All games of the championship will be streamed through the CWPA.
Brown, Bucknell, George Washington, Hartwick, Harvard, Indiana, Princeton and Michigan comprise the eight DI teams in the tournament, while the CWPA DIII Championship victor, Connecticut College, rounds out the nine-team field.
Harvard finished sixth last season at the CWPA Championship, falling to Hartwick, 12-10 before responding with a 14-7 thumping of Bucknell. In the fifth-place game against Brown, the Bears netted the go-ahead goal with less than a minute remaining to sink the Crimson, 8-7.
CWPA Championship Schedule
Friday, April 29
Game 1: 12 p.m. No. 8 George Washington vs. No. 9 Connecticut College
Game 2: 1:30 p.m. No. 2 Indiana vs. No. 7 Brown
Game 3: 3 p.m. No. 3 Bucknell vs. No. 6 Hartwick
Game 4: No. 4 Princeton vs. No. 5 Harvard
Game 5 No. 1 Michigan vs. Game 1 winner
Saturday, April 30
Game 6: 12 p.m. Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 2
Game 7: 1:30 p.m. Loser game 4 vs. Loser game 1
Game 8: 3 p.m. Winner game 2 vs. Winner game 3
Game 9: 4:30 p.m. Winner game 5 vs. Winner game 4
Game 10: 6 p.m. Loser game 6 vs. Loser game 7
Game 11: 7:30 p.m. Winner game 7 vs. Loser game 5
Sunday, May 1
Seventh Place: 9 a.m. Winner game 10 vs. Loser game 11
Fifth Place: 10:30 a.m. Winner game 11 vs. Winner game 6
Third Place: 12 p.m. Loser game 8 vs. Loser game 9
First Place 1:30 p.m. Winner game 9 vs. Winner game 8
Raising the Bar
Harvard's win over Hartwick broke the single-season program record with its 21st win before the Crimson furthered its record with its 22nd win over George Washington.
The Friends of Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis became the first head coach to record multiple and back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Cleo Harrington broke the single-season saves record with her first save of the game against George Washington and has stopped 253 shots so far this season. Harrington moved past Ariel Dukes '15, who tallied 246 saves in 2013.
Harvard is 7-1 in one-goal games this season and also boasts a 4-1 mark in games decided by two scores.
The Crimson has feasted on opponents the past six seasons at home, going 30-9 overall, including two unblemished seasons.
In the Ranks
Harvard earned its highest ranking ever in the CWPA poll, checking in at No. 13 for three weeks between March 23 and April 6.
Rank and File
The Crimson has defeated nine top-25 opponents this season, a first in program history.
Princeton, the defending CWPA Champion, finished its regular season at 17-6 with a 4-3 record in CWPA games. Haley Wan lead the Tigers across the board with 50 goals, 41 assists and 32 steals. Helena van Brande has seen the majority of time in net, posting a 13-5 mark with a 51.6 save percent.
The Tigers boast the longest winning streak against the Crimson, taking the past 23 matchups since Harvard's last win in 1996.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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