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Men’s Water Polo Drops Home Opener to MIT

Senior co-captain Kevin DiSilvestro scored two goals against MIT (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division play continued Friday as Harvard dropped an 8-4 decision to Cambridge rival MIT in the Blodgett Pool opener.

The Engineers jumped to a 2-0 advantage through seven minutes before Luka Babic got Harvard on the board with 42 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Crimson nearly tied the score just before the first period buzzer sounded but MIT goalie Columbus Leonard barely deflected a Harvard shot to register the save.  

Kevin DiSilvestro tallied a Crimson goal in the second but MIT scored twice to take a 4-2 lead into halftime.

MIT added to its lead in the third quarter with four consecutive Andrew Dorne goals in 2:07 of elapsed game time. Harvard shutout MIT for the remaining 11 minutes but the flurry of goals by Dorne was enough for the Engineers to secure the victory.

DiSilvestro added his second goal of the contest to make the score 8-3 entering the final frame and Max Murphy closed the scoring with a fourth quarter goal.

Harvard moved to 4-8 overall and 0-3 in the Northern Division.

Action at Blodgett Pool continues tomorrow with the Crimson facing Ivy League rival Brown. The noon game has been announced as the Harvard Student Rewards and breast cancer awareness game. For the occasion, the two teams will be wearing special breast cancer suits and the first 50 Harvard students in attendance will get a free Crimson t-shirt.