Jimmy Field made 10 saves in goal for Harvard on Saturday (Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications).
PRINCETON, N.J. – 13 proved to be an unlucky number for the Harvard men's water polo team on Saturday as the Crimson lost to both No. 13 Princeton and No. 3 California by identical 13-7 scores on day two of the Princeton Invitational.
The Tigers raced out to a three-goal lead in the first quarter in Harvard's first game of the day and increased the lead to five by halftime.
The Crimson played Princeton almost even in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome the hot start by the Tigers.
Senior co-captain Max Eliot and freshman Blake Lee both had two goals to pace the offense. On the defensive side, Noah Harrison recorded three of the team's 12 steals, and Jimmy Field and Colin Woolway split time in goal, each making five saves.
In the second game, it was the second and third periods that proved to be the difference for the Golden Bears.
Leading by just a single goal after the first period, California outscored Harvard by three in both periods to break the game open before Harvard won the fourth, 1-0.
Max Murphy led the offensive charge with a hat trick, while Lee added two more goals and Will Roller contributed three assists. Field (five saves) and Woolway (four saves) split time in goal again.
The Crimson wraps up the Princeton Invitational with a contest at 9:15 a.m. against Johns Hopkins Sunday morning.
Princeton 7-13 loss
California 7-13 loss