MIT Tops Men's Water Polo in Overtime, 15-14

Noah Harrison had two goals, three assists and five steals against MIT (Photo courtesy: Justine Agaloos). 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's water polo team lost a heartbreaker to MIT, 15-14, in the second period of sudden death overtime Sunday morning at Brown in the third-place game of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division Championships.

Ben Zepfel and John Holland-Mccowan both had hat tricks to pace the Crimson offensive attack. Blake Lee and Noah Harrison both delivered two goals and three assists, while Max Murphy and Ryan Rule each had two tallies. The loss means that Harvard will be the fourth seed at the CWPA Eastern Championships in two weeks.

The Crimson fell behind early as MIT outscored Harvard, 4-3, in the opening frame; however, Harvard looked like it was going to break the game open in the second, scoring six goals to the Engineers' one. Holland-McCowan and Murphy both had two goals in the quarter to help spark the surge.

The momentum was stymied after the intermission as Harvard had just one goal in the third and fourth quarters, which allowed MIT to chip away at the deficit and tie the game at 11 with three minutes remaining in the game to send it to overtime.

In the first extra session, the Crimson fell behind early, but goals from Harrison and Lee gave Harvard a one-goal advantage heading into the second session. MIT tied the game with 1:42 and took the lead with 18 seconds remaining in the period; however, Lee scored four seconds later to knot the score back up and send it to sudden death.

After neither team could find the back of the net in the first golden-goal period, MIT scored with 1:44 to earn the win and the third seed.

Harrison anchored the defensive front with five steals, while Robbie Fluegge had four. Colin Woolway (11 saves) and Jimmy Field (three saves) split time in goal.


Zepfel 3
Holland-McCowan 3
Lee 2
Rule 2
Murphy 2
Harrison 2

Fluegge 2
Lee 3
Harrison 3

Fluegge 4
Holland-McCowan 2
Lee 2
Rule 2
Harrison 5

Woolway 11
Field 3