ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

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Make It Eight: Men's Water Polo Extends Win Streak with Pair of Victories

Blake Lee matched his career-high with five goals against Navy (Photo courtesy: Justine Agaloos).

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Harvard men's water polo used two different formulas on Saturday, but the result was the same as the Crimson ran its winning streak to eight games with a pair of wins at the Bison Invitational.

In the first game, Harvard (11-5) used its offense to outscore Navy B, 15-11, while the Crimson won a defensive battle, 9-8, over Johns Hopkins in the second contest to come within a game of matching its longest win streak since 2002.

Blake Lee led the Crimson with five goals and two assists, while Ben Zepfel had four goals and one assist to knock off the Midshipmen. Classmate Noah Harrison chipped in three goals and two assists, and John Holland-McCowan, Will Roller and Max Eliot all contributed one goal to round out the scoring.

Harvard and Navy both found the back of the net four times in the opening quarter before the Crimson added four more tallies in the second period to take a one-goal lead into the half.

In the third, Harvard extended its lead to three, outscoring Navy, 4-2. Harvard held a 3-2 advantage in the final frame to lock up the win.

On the defensive end, the Crimson finished with 16 steals behind four from Lee. Zepfel added three steals of his own, and Harrison, Ryan Rule and Roller all had two apiece. Jimmy Field (two saves) and Colin Woolway (three saves) split time in net for the Crimson.

In the second game, Harvard managed to hold off a late comeback attempt by the Blue Jays to avenge an earlier season defeat to Johns Hopkins at the Princeton Invitational.

The Crimson led by two with two minutes remaining before Johns Hopkins scored to cut the deficit to one; however, Harvard managed to draw an ejection with 30 seconds remaining to run out the clock and secure its eighth straight victory.

Zepfel recorded a hat trick to pace the Harvard offense. Eliot, Holland-McCowan, Lee, Rule, Max Murphy and Harrison all had single goals for the Crimson.

Harvard dominated the first period and led 2-0 after the frame. Each team had three goals in the second frame to allow the Crimson to maintain its lead.

The Blue Jays finally chipped into the advantage in the third quarter, outscoring Harvard 3-2 to trim the deficit to one. Both teams had two goals in the last period to allow the Crimson to hang on for the win.

Woolway turned in a tremendous performance in goal with eight saves. The defense also made nine steals led by three from Harrison and two apiece by Robbie Fluegge and Roller to lock down a Johns Hopkins' offense that had been averaging 15.3 goals per game. 

Harvard, which is off to its best 16-game start since going 12-4 in 2002, wraps up the Bison Invitational Sunday with games against the University of Toronto at 8 a.m. and Bucknell at 2:30 p.m. 

Stats
Navy "B" 15-11 Win 

Goals
Roller
Zepfel 4
Eliot
Holland-McCowan
Lee 5
Harrison 3

Assists
Roller 2
Zepfel
Lee 2
Murphy
Harrison 2
Woolway

Steals
Roller 2
Zepfel 3
Eliot
Holland-McCowan
Lee 4
Rule 2
Harrison 2
Woolway

Saves
Field 2
Woolway 3 

Johns Hopkins Win 9-8

Goals
Zepfel 3
Eliot
Holland-McCowan
Lee
Rule
Murphy
Harrison 

Assists
Roller
Eliot
Lee
Murphy
Harrison 2 

Steals
Roller 2
Fluegge 2
Eliot
Holland-McCowan
Harrison 3

Saves
Woolway 8