CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior co-captain Devan Kennifer (Monterey, Calif./Santa Catalina) highlighted the year-end Harvard women's water polo banquet Tuesday night by receiving the team's Most Valuable Player award. A total of five team awards were handed out, including MVP, Most Improved, Rookie of the Year, Coaches' Award and the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award.
Kennifer adds the 2011 Harvard MVP award to her other accolades of the year, which include being named to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division all-conference first team and the CWPA Eastern Championship all-tournament first team. Kennifer also earned CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week Honors for April 4-10 and was named Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week Monday. The junior ended the year leading the team with 76 goals and 81 steals, while also contributing 20 assists.
Freshman Shayna Price (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) was named the team's Rookie of the Year by outdistancing her classmates with 33 goals, 20 assists and 53 steals, all top five marks on the team. Price earned CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week for March 28-April 3 after grabbing five steals over two games April 2, leading Harvard to wins over Connecticut College and Marist.
The Most Improved award went to junior goalie Laurel McCarthy (Riverforest, Ill./Fenwick), who finished the season with 184 saves. McCarthy split time minding the net early in the season, but would earn more playing time midway through and closed the year with an eight-game stretch where she had at least five saves, including six games with seven or more. McCarthy reached double-digit stops five times in 2011, with a season-high 19 against Iona College on February 5.
Junior Monica Zdrojewski (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills) took home the Coaches' Award for her efforts as one of the team's main catalysts on both sides of the pool. Zdrojewski earned second-team CWPA Southern Division all-conference honors after finishing the season with 60 goals, 24 assists and 43 steals. Her 60 tallies were second only to Kennifer's 76 on the year. Zdrojewski was also named CWPA Southern Division Co-Player of the Week for April 18-24 after she notched five goals, dished two assists and grabbed three steals April 20 to lead the Harvard women's water polo team to a 16-12 win over Brown University.
This season's Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award was given to senior goalie Shami Entenman (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich./Grosse Pointe South). Entenman finished the year with 46 saves. The award is presented annually to the Harvard water polo senior (rotating between the men's and women's programs) who embodies the spirit and tenacity of Peter Hursh '74. This award goes to the player whose hard work and dedication makes his or her teammates better.
Release courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications