ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Crimson Earns Split in CWPA Doubleheader

Junior co-captain Luka Babic (left) scored six total goals in two games Saturday (photo courtesy Harvard Athletics Communications).

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – The Harvard men's water polo team earned a split in its Collegiate Water polo Association doubleheader in New York City Saturday, earning a 15-11 come-from-behind win against Queens (N.Y.) in the nightcap after falling, 23-7, to No. 15 St. Francis (N.Y.) in the first game.

The Knights (6-8, 2-4 CWPA) got out ahead of Harvard (8-13, 2-4 CWPA), 5-3, in the first quarter, but the Crimson would score five unanswered goals in the second frame to take an 8-5 lead into halftime and never look back. Harvard was playing against Queens (N.Y.) without its senior co-captain Bret Voith and energetic freshman Neal O'Hara, both of whom left the St. Francis (N.Y.) game with injuries.

"We played one of our best games of the season," said Harvard head coach Ted Minnis "The overall team effort, honestly, we were down Bret and Neal, and the guys really responded well, played as a group and supported each other."

Junior co-captain Luka Babic stepped up and notched five goals, an assist and a steal to lead the way against the Knights. Backup goalie Jimmy Field made 10 stops in goal, including shutting out Queens (N.Y) in the second period to energize the comeback.

In the opener, No. 15 St. Francis (17-3, 6-0 CWPA) jumped on the Crimson early in a physical game, taking a 6-2 lead after the first stanza and pulling away from there. Junior Mike Katzer led the team with two scores. Junior goalkeeper Alexandre Popp had 13 saves.

Harvard continues its CWPA road trip Sunday in New London, Conn., to take on Connecticut College at noon.

vs. No. 15 St. Francis (N.Y.)

Goals   No.
Katzer   2
Babic   1
Eliot   1
Lee   1
Thompson   1
Voith   1
     
Assists   No.
Babic   1
DiSilvestro   1
O'Hara   1
Voith   1
     
Steals   No.
DiSilvestro   1
Field   1
O'Hara   1
Thompson   1
     
Saves   No.
Popp   13
Field   6
vs. Queens (N.Y.)
Goals   No.
Babic   5
Zepfel   3
DiSilvestro   2
Thompson   2
Eliot   1
Katzer   1
Lee   1
     
Assists   No.
Field   3
Thompson   3
Babic   1
Katzer   1
Lee   1
     
Steals   No.
Thompson   2
Babic   1
DiSilvestro   1
Eliot   1
     
Saves   No.
Field   10
Popp   6