Ben Zepfel netted four goals to increase his season total to 53 (Photo courtesy: Justine Agaloos).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On senior night, the Harvard men's water polo couldn't overcome several injuries and a slow start as it fell to No. 12 Brown, 23-9, at Blodgett Pool.
Ben Zepfel paced the Crimson (12-12, 4-1) with four goals, while Blake Lee added two goals for Harvard. Max Eliot, Max Murphy and Ryan Rule all added one goal in the final home game of the season for Harvard.
The Crimson fell behind early in the first after Brown tallied two goals in the first 65 seconds of the game. Lee answered for Harvard to cut the lead in half; however, the Bears responded with another two goals.
Zepfel sliced into the advantage again with his 50th goal of the season with 2:57 remaining in the quarter, but Brown got two goals before Rule and Lee each found the back of the net make it 6-4 with 14 seconds remaining in the period. The Bears got a quick strike with three seconds remaining in the quarter to end the frame up by three.
In the second quarter, Brown outscored Harvard 6-2 to stretch the advantage to 13-6 at the break as Zepfel and Murphy had the only two tallies for the Crimson in the period.
Brown continued to pull away in the third period, netting six goals to Harvard's one by Zepfel, to all but lock up the CWPA Northern Division Crown.
In the fourth, Harvard got two goals from Zepfel and Eliot, while Brown added four to account for the final margin.
The match was the final home game for seniors Eliot and Antone Martinho, who were honored in a ceremony prior to the game. The Crimson also recognized Breast Cancer Awareness month with a halftime ceremony.
Max Eliot, left, and Antone Martinho, right, were honored prior to their final home game Thursday night (Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications).