The Harvard women’s water polo team’s strong performance this weekend earned them a sixth-place finish in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championship at the Indiana University Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. It was the Crimson’s (17-15, 3-2 CWPA) highest finish in the tournament since 2005.
Harvard went 2-2 in the championships winning against Bucknell and Gannon while losing to No. 20 Princeton and dropping a close one-goal loss to the eventual tournament champion, No. 13 Indiana.
“Indiana just won the championship game, and we only lost to them by one point,” freshman Shayna Price said. “It really shows we are right there with these teams, and we can come back next year just as strong.”
PRINCETON 11, HARVARD 8
In its final game of the season, the Crimson took on No. 20 Princeton with a fifth-place finish in the CWPA Championships on the line.
The Tigers (16-10, 4-1) took an early two-goal advantage, thanks to scores by senior Tanya Wilcox, en route to a 7-4 halftime lead.
Harvard started the second half strong with goals by sophomores Elise Molnar and Aisha Price. Sister Shayna Price evened the score with a penalty-shot score, her second free-penalty shot and score of the day.
“I had an opportunity to two penalty shots,” Shayna Price said. “So those weren’t really [just] my goals—someone pulled off a great foul, and I was able to finish for them.”
The run forced Princeton to call a timeout to regroup.
The respite served the Tigers well, as the team responded with two quick scores which proved too much for Harvard to overcome.
Despite the loss, the team finished its season playing well and only losing to ranked teams.
“We were very happy with our outcome of the weekend,” Shayna Price said. “We had some very close games, and I think overall we played our hearts out. We are proud of what we did this season.”
HARVARD 13, BUCKNELL 8
The Crimson rebounded from its tough loss the night before against Indiana to take a 13-8 win over the Bison (13-18, 1-4).
Both teams came out firing at the start, with each side scoring two goals in the first four minutes of play.
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