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Awards Banquet Wraps Up Men's Water Polo 2012 Season

From left to right: Ben Zepfel (MVP), Antone Martinho (Coach's Award), head coach Ted Minnis, Blake Lee (Rookie of the Year) and Austin Novis (Most Improved).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team wrapped up the 2012 season with its annual awards banquet Tuesday night at the Murr Center.

Ben Zepfel, Blake Lee, Austen Novis and Antone Martinho were all honored at the banquet. Zepfel earned the Most Valuable Player Award, Lee took home the Rookie of the Year honor, Novis was named the Most Improved Player and Martinho received the Coach's Award.

Zepfel led the Crimson in goals with 78 and ranked third on the team in steals with 41 to earn the MVP. He was also named first team All-CWPA Northern Division and second team all-tournament at the CWPA Eastern Championships. The Newport Beach, Calif., native collected three CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Week Awards (Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 5) and one Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week (Nov. 19).

Lee was nearly as impressive in his inaugural campaign to pick up the Rookie of the Year honor. He was second in goals (62) and steals (61) and topped the squad in assists with 57. He was also honored by the CWPA twice as the Rookie of the Week (Sept. 10, Oct. 22).

Novis was another member of the heralded class of 2016. He finished the season with three goals, two assists and six steals to garner the Most Improved accolade.

A senior, Martinho, was the recipient of the Coach's Award after his final season in Cambridge. He finished the year with two goals, three assists and eight steals for the Crimson.

Harvard finished with a 15-19 overall record in 2012, including a 4-2 mark in the CWPA Northern Division and a third-place finish. The team also reeled off nine consecutive wins from Sept. 15-Sept. 30 to tie the second-longest undefeated span in program history.