Noah Harrison scored a career-high six goals against Pomona-Pitzer Friday night (Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications).
POMONA, Calif. - The Harvard men's water polo team dropped a pair of contests to ranked teams Friday in the Gary Troyer Tournament in California.
The Crimson lost to No. 10 Long Beach State, 12-5, and the top-ranked team in Division III Pomona-Pitzer, 14-10, to fall to 12-8 on the season.
In the opening game, the Crimson hung with the 49ers for a half, but Long Beach State pulled away after the intermission to knock off the Crimson, 12-5.
Harvard trailed by just a single goal, 5-4, heading into the half; however, the 49ers (13-3) outscored the Crimson by three in each of the final two quarters to pull away for the win.
Freshman Noah Harrison led the Crimson with two goals and two assists, and Ben Zepfel, Robbie Fluegge and Will Roller all had single tallies. Blake Lee also chipped in with two assists.
Colin Woolway anchored the defensive effort with seven saves, and Jimmy Field made four in net. The Crimson also recorded six steals, led by Harrison with two.
The Sagehens jumped out to an early lead and held off a comeback attempt by the Crimson in the second contest.
Pomona-Pitzer took a commanding 4-1 lead after the opening period before Harvard got within two in the second period on two goals by Harrison and one by John Holland-McCowan.
In the third, Harrison inched Harvard within one 31 seconds into the period, but that was as close as the Crimson would get as the Sagehens tallied the next two goals to push the advantage back to three. The two teams then played evenly in the fourth to give the Sagehens its second win of the day.
Harrison paced the offensive attack for the second straight game with a career-high six goals. Austen Novis, Lee, Zepfel and Holland-McCowan each had a single goal for the Crimson to complete the scoring.
In net, Woolway made five saves, and Field stopped four shots for Harvard.
The Crimson returns to action Saturday at 6:20 p.m. against Loyola Marymount.
Long Beach State 5-12 loss
Pomona-Pitzer 10-14 loss