Slow Start Dooms Men's Water Polo Against No. 2 UC Santa Barbara
Noah Harrison added another four goals and five steals against the nation's second-ranked team (Photo courtesy: Justine Agaloos).
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – For the third straight game, the Harvard men's water polo team got off to a costly slow start as it dropped a non-conference game to No. 2 UC Santa Barbara, 16-12, Sunday.
The Gauchos stormed out of the gates, taking a commanding 7-1 after the opening eight minutes. However, the Crimson (12-11) would respond in the second period, playing the nation's second-ranked team even, as each tallied three goals.
In the second half, Harvard started to chip away at the advantage, outscoring the Gauchos 3-2 in the third and 5-4 in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback.
Noah Harrison continued his recent offensive surge, leading the team with four goals and an assist. Ben Zepfel and Max Eliot each contributed two goals, while Will Roller, John Holland-McCowan and Max Murphy all delivered one goal. Blake Lee rounded out the scoring, finding the back of the net once and adding three assists.
Harvard returns to action Thursday in a first-place showdown at 8 p.m. against Brown for senior day at Blodgett Pool.