Andersen, Balding, Harrington Earn CWPA All-Conference Honors

Andersen, Balding, Harrington Earn CWPA All-Conference Honors

The trio combined for 102 goals, 72 assists, 70 steals and 253 saves (Gil Talbot).

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – Three members of the Harvard women's water polo team earned CWPA all-conference honors, as announced by the league Thursday. Yoshi Andersen and Cleo Harrington were selected to the first team, while Melissa Balding earned a nod on the second team.

Andersen becomes the first student-athlete in program history to earn all-conference honors four-straight seasons with her second-straight selection to the first team. The senior co-captain tied for third on the team with 42 goals, third with 32 steals and second with 31 assists. Andersen registered 14 multi-scoring efforts, while scoring in 22 of the Crimson's 30 contests.

Harrington earns her first all-conference honors after breaking the program single-season saves record with 253 stops, while adding 22 assists and 17 steals. The sophomore tallied 12 double-digit save efforts, including a career-high 20 saves against Azusa Pacific, and halted 63 shots in CWPA games.

Balding, an all-conference honorable mention a season ago and the CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Year in 2013, earned a spot on the second team after ranking second on the team with 60 goals to go with 20 assists and 21 steals. The junior posted 18 multi-goal games and led Harvard with 16 goals in conference action.

Harvard will open up its CWPA Championship run tomorrow at Blodgett Pool against No. 17 Princeton at 4:30 p.m.