Ben Zepfel scored a team-high five goals Saturday (Photo courtesy: Justine Agaloos).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 4 seed Harvard men's water polo jumped out to an early lead, but a second-half surge by Brown allowed the Bears to pull away, 16-11, in the consolation bracket at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Division Championships Saturday.
After falling behind 1-0, the Crimson responded with three consecutive goals to take the lead. Brown would battle back to inch closer; however, a Fluegge tally and another Zepfel strike put the Crimson up by one after the opening eight minutes.
In the second quarter, Brown roared back, tallying the first four goals of the frame to go up by three. Harrison and Zepfel hacked into the deficit with goals to keep the Crimson within striking distance as the teams headed to the locker rooms.
Brown repeated its second quarter feat and scored the first four goals of the third period to extend the lead to five, but Harvard continued to fight and clawed its way back to within three heading to the final frame on goals by Harrison and Zepfel.
In the fourth quarter, Brown pushed the lead back to five, and Harvard would never get closer than four goals the rest of the way.
Jimmy Field stopped 11 shots in net for the Crimson, who will be back in action Sunday at 10 a.m. against MIT in the seventh-place game of the CWPA Eastern Championships.