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Harvard Men's Water Polo Stumbles in Season Opener

Alex Thompson led the Crimson in scoring in its season-opening game at the MIT Invitational (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s water polo team struggled out of the gate Saturday at the MIT Invitational, losing a close exhibition match, 9-8, and falling to No. 14 St. Francis, 16-7, in head coach Ted Minnis’ debut

The Crimson opened its first competition of the year against the Boston Metro Elite club water polo team. The score was tied, 4-4, at the end of the first half, and Harvard would take a 7-4 lead midway through the third period. Boston Metro Elite would not go away however, as the club went on a 5-0 scoring run to take a 9-7 lead with just two minutes to play in the fourth period.
After scoring a goal to cut the deficit to one, the Crimson went into a press-to-steal defense and Jeff Lee came up with the ball with only five seconds on the clock. After a timeout, Harvard set up a play, only to see the game-tying goal bang off the crossbar as the clock ran out.

Senior Alex Thompson and junior Evan Zepfel had two goals apiece to lead Harvard in scoring. Junior goalie Alexandre Popp had three saves in the first half and freshman Jimmy Field had five in the second half.

Against No. 14 St. Francis, Harvard fell behind early and struggled to keep up. The Terriers would eventually run away with the 16-7 victory after taking a 5-1 halftime lead. Senior captain Bret Voith and Lee had two goals each to lead the Crimson, while Popp had four saves in the first half defending the goal.
 
“The main thing our team got out of today was a lot of lessons,” Harvard head coach Ted Minnis said. “We always talk about it being stairs and we’re still at the bottom and we’re climbing. We get a good team in Cal Lutheran [Sunday] and hopefully we can put some of those lessons to use.”
vs. Boston Metro Elite | vs. No. 14 St. Francis
Goals No.          
Thompson 2          
Zepfel 2          
Eliot 1          
Babic
1          
Lee 1          
Voith
1          
             
Assists No.          
DiSilvestro
1          
Katzer
1          
Martinho
1          
Babic 1          
Thompson 1          
Voith 1          
Zepfel 1          
             
Steals No.          
Thompson 4          
Katzer 2          
Voith 2          
Lee 1          
Zepfel 1          
             
Saves No.          
Field 5          
Popp 3          
  Goals No.
  Voith 2
  Lee 2
  DiSilvestro 1
  Eliot 1
  Thompson 1
     
  Assists No.
  DiSilvestro 1
  Katzer 1
  Voith 1
     
  Steals No.
  Thompson 2
  Babic 1
  DiSilvestro 1
     
  Saves No.
  Popp 4
  Field 3
  Clement 2