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Road Matches Continue for Men’s Water Polo

Alexandre Popp leads the Crimson with 64 saves this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- For the fourth consecutive weekend the Harvard men's water polo team will be traveling away from Blodgett Pool. The Crimson squad, which is 4-5 to start the year, is scheduled to play its first 11 games on the road.

Harvard will visit its third state in as many weeks when it travels to New York Sept. 24 for games at Fordham and Iona. Both opponents, along with the Crimson, are members of the seven-team CWPA Northern Division.

The game against Iona will be streamed live at ICGaels.com for a fee.

Harvard
At 4-5, the Crimson is off to its best start since the 2007 team went 6-3 to open the year. Last week, Harvard went 1-2 at the CWPA North-South Tournament in Annapolis, Md. South division foes Bucknell, 18-8, and Navy, 10-8, defeated the Crimson, while Harvard cruised past Middlebury, 17-8.

A Crimson player scored at least three goals in each game of the North-South Tournament. William Roller, Max Eliot and John Holland-McCowan netted hat tricks for Harvard.

Max Murphy was named to the Northern Division Rookie of the Week Honor Roll after scoring three goals, tallying an assist and three steals at the tournament.

Fordham
The Rams bring a 3-9 record into the weekend, including an 8-6 loss to Harvard Sept. 11. Fordham was also in Annapolis, Md. and left the North-South Tournament with nearly an identical showing as the Crimson. The Rams downed Mercyhurst, 9-7, but lost to Navy, 15-14 (OT), and Bucknell, 12-7, and were also defeated by Princeton, 13-6.

The Crimson snapped a six game losing streak against Fordham with the win at the Princeton Invitational earlier this season. Max Murphy led Harvard with three goals and Kevin DiSilvestro and Max Eliot added two apiece.

Harvard leads the all-time series against Fordham, 24-13.

Iona
The Gaels also finished 1-3 at the North-South Tournament last weekend and enter Saturday with a 4-6 record overall. Freshman Jake Lloyd has a team-high 20 goals and has added six assists to lead the team.

Lloyd has been named the CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Week two consecutive times. At the Princeton Invitational, Lloyd scored nine times in four games, including a five goal performance against Johns Hopkins Sept. 17.

The Crimson owns a 26-16 advantage in the all-time series against Iona.

Coming Up
Harvard opens its home schedule with games against MIT Oct. 7 and Brown Oct. 8. The noon start against Brown has been pegged as the Harvard student rewards program and breast cancer awareness game. Every student who attends a featured game receives $1 of Crimson Cash and is entered into the season long grand prize drawing. 'Like' Harvard Crimson on Facebook for a complete calendar of student rewards games.