Harvard University Goes 3-0 to Open 2011 Season

Harvard University Goes 3-0 to Open 2011 Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard University women's water polo team put up 60 goals Saturday in outscoring its three opponents, 60-14, earning a trio of victories at home in Blodgett Pool to open the 2011 season.

In the Crimson's opener against the Boston College club team, sophomore Aisha Price led Harvard with four goals, two assists and three steals, while four other Harvard players notched three scores apiece as the Crimson topped the crosstown rival Eagles, 23-2.

Harvard's second game of the day came against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) member Iona College. The first period was close with just one goal separating the two teams as Harvard led, 4-3. However, the Crimson would outscore the Gaels, 9-5, in the second frame and blank them, 4-0, in the third to take a commanding 13-5 lead before finishing off the victory, 17-7.

"We did a good job of dictating the pace and playing Harvard water polo," Harvard head coach Ted Minnis said of the Crimson's second game.

Junior Devan Kennifer led the team with five goals and classmate Shannon Purcell had seven assists and three steals to lead Harvard to its second win of the day. Junior goalie Laurel McCarthy set a new career high with 19 saves in the Iona game.

In its final game of the day, Harvard again put up 20 goals, this time against Villanova in a 20-5 win. The Crimson put up seven goals in the first period and found the back of the net eight more times in the second to take a 15-4 lead at halftime. Junior Monica Zdrojewski had five goals in the game to bring her total on the day to 10. Kennifer, Price and Christy DiSilvestro contributed three scores each and freshman Shayna Price added a goal, three assists and four takeaways.

The Crimson takes a week off before heading to the Marist Tournament for four games on February 19-20.

Release courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications

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