COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Saturday was Senior Night for the University of Maryland water polo team, but it was the play of its junior goaltender that carried the Terrapins to a 12-10 victory win over Harvard University and the Collegiate Water Polo Southern Division Championship on Sunday morning.
Shelby Reyes posted a career-high 15 blocks, including 11 in the second half, and senior Meghan Powers scored a team-high three goals for Maryland (16-13, 3-0) which won for the fourth straight time and claimed the Southern Division title.
Although the Terps still have one game remaining on their division schedule and could end the season at 4-1 to tie Princeton University on top of the standings, Maryland holds a head-to-head victory over the Tigers.
Against the Crimson, the Terps also received solid contributions from a number of freshmen.
Molly Ruth scored a pair of goals, and Katie Ermakova and Nicole Tobin added first-half markers to keep Maryland within striking distance after Harvard (14-12, 2-2 CWPA South) jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
Simone Lewis assisted on Power's second goal at 6:48 of the third which tied the game at 6-all. Lewis scored less than a minute later to give Maryland its first lead.
"We did a nice job defensively and got some good counter attacks," Maryland head coach Carl Salyer.
But it was the play of Reyes that keep the Crimson from mounting a second-half comeback after the Terps took the lead for good (9-8) on Powers' final goal with 2:57 left in the third quarter.
Reyes had five saves in the third quarter, including one from point-blank range by Shayna Price with under 30 second left in the period.
With the Terps leading 12-9, Reyes turned away a breakaway chance by Christy DiSilvestro with 2:14 left in the game.
Release courtesy Maryland Athletic Communications