Harvard Men’s Water Polo Travels to North-South Tournament

Kevin DiSilvestro is the Crimson's second leading scorer with 8 goals this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s water polo team will be on the road for the third consecutive weekend as the squad travels to Annapolis, Md. for the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) North-South Tournament Sept. 17-18.

The tournament features CWPA Northern Division teams squaring off against CWPA Southern Division teams in 26 games at two sites over a three day span. Harvard will face a pair of undefeated foes, No. 16 Bucknell and Mercyhurst, on Saturday as well as Navy’s ‘B’ team on Sunday.

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The Crimson’s 3-3 record marks its best start in four years. Last week, Harvard went 2-2 at the Princeton Invitational with wins over George Washington, 13-12 (OT), and Fordham, 8-6, while dropping matches to No. 17 Princeton, 13-2, and Johns Hopkins, 14-6.

Junior Max Eliot and freshman Max Murphy sparked the Crimson to two wins. Eliot, who was named Northern Division Player of the Week, added to his team leading 11 goals with five against George Washington, including the game-winner with 1:36 remaining in overtime. Murphy took advantage of his first career start by netting a hat trick in Harvard’s come-from-behind win over Fordham.

The Bison enter the tournament with an undefeated record after sweeping Gannon, 21-6, and No. 11 St. Francis, 16-10, at the Navy Labor Day Open Sept. 3-4. Bucknell was forced to cancel its home opening Bison Invitational as rainy weather and flood conditions threatened the Central Pennsylvania area.

Alex Nowlin leads the Bison’s high scoring offense with seven goals and eight assists through the first two games. Brian Barron follows with eight goals and four assists.

Mercyhurst also boasts a perfect record after five contests this fall. Brett Luehmann, a returning CWPA Division II All-American, leads the Laker’s with 10 assists and 14 steals, while also adding 12 goals. Danilo Svorcan has found the back of the net 13 times to lead the Mercyhurst squad. 

The U.S. Naval Academy is sending its ‘B’ team to the North-South Tournament. Navy’s ‘A’ squad, which is ranked No. 15 by the CWPA, will be traveling to California for eight games Sept 16-18.