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Men's Water Polo Goes 2-1 At Labor Day Invite

Harvard went 2-1 in three games Saturday. (Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team went 2-1 in three games at the Labor Day Invite Saturday at MIT.

The Crimson knocked off Diablo Valley College, 14-12, and Yale, 12-5, but fell to MIT, 19-7.

In the opening contest of the tournament and the season, the Crimson roared back in the third quarter to knock off the Vikings. Harvard recorded stops on the defensive end and used its transition offense to outscore DVC, 7-3, in the period and take a 13-11 advantage into the fourth quarter.

The Crimson continued to stymie the Vikings in the fourth quarter with freshman Colin Woolway in net. Harvard yielded just two goals in the final frame to lock up the victory and win its season opener for the second straight year.

Will Roller and Blake Lee both tallied hat tricks in the game for the Crimson, while Max Eliot, Evan Ramsey and Noah Harrison both found the back of the net twice. On the defensive side, Woolway made five saves to earn the win in his collegiate debut.

In the second game, the Engineers capitalized on their fresh legs to jump out to an early three-goal advantage after the first period. Harvard tried to play catch up throughout the contest as the team slowed the MIT offensive attack in the middle periods; however, the Crimson could not muster enough on its offensive side to catch MIT.

Harrison had two goals for Harvard, while five other players had single tallies.

In Harvard's final game of the day, the Crimson used a big first period to knock off Yale as the Crimson scored seven goals in the opening frame.

From there, Harvard locked down the Bulldogs defensively with 15 steals and six saves between Jimmy Field (five saves) and Woolway (one save) to earn its second win of the day.

Roller, Lee and Harrison each scored twice to lead the offense.  

The Crimson heads to New Jersey Sept. 7-9 for the Princeton Invitational.

Stats
Diablo Valley College 14-12 win

Goals
Will Roller 3
Robbie Fluegge
Max Eliot 2
John Holland-McCowan
Evan Ramsey 2
Blake Lee 3
Noah Harrison 2

Assists
Will Roller 2
Ben Zepfel
Evan Ramsey 2
Blake Lee
Ryan Rule
Noah Harrison
Colin Woolway 3

Steals
Will Roller
Ben Zepfel
Max Eliot 2
Evan Ramsey 3
Blake Lee
Noah Harrison 3
Colin Woolway

Saves
Colin Woolway 5

MIT loss 7-19


Goals
Antone Martinho
Robbie Fluegge 
Ben Zepfel
Austen Novis
Blake Lee
Noah Harrison 2

Assists
Ben Zepfel
Evan Ramsey
Blake Lee
Max Murphy
Jimmy Field

Steals
Antone Martinho
Noah Harrison
Jimmy Field 3

Saves
Jimmy Field 7

Yale win 12-5

Goals
Will Roller 2
Antone Martinho
Robbie Fluegge 
Christopher Miao
Ben Zepfel
Thomas McNulty
Blake Lee 2
Max Murphy
Noah Harrison 2

Assists
Robbie Fluegge
Christopher Miao
Blake Lee

Steals
Will Roller
Antone Martinho 2
Robbie Fluegge
Christopher Miao
Max Eliot
John Holland-McCowan 2
Austen Novis 2
Nathan Clement 2
Noah Harrison

Saves
Jimmy Field 5
Colin Woolway