CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team travels down to New Jersey for the Princeton Invitational this weekend. The Crimson will kick off the tournament with matches against No. 17 Navy and No. 14 Princeton before taking on John Hopkins and George Washington to wrap up the weekend.
The match between Harvard and Princeton will be streamed live through the Ivy League Digital Network. Click here to watch. For the most up to date information about the Princeton Invitational, schedules and results click here.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network, which was launched in the summer, will stream four of Harvard's seven home games this season. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all home Harvard athletics events throughout the duration of their subscription.
Harvard opened its season against a slate of ranked teams. In the first nine games of the season, the Crimson face six opponents ranked in the CWPA top 20 preseason poll. Harvard enters the weekend looking to improve upon a 1-4 record.
Last Time Out
The Crimson opened its 2013 season last weekend at the Bruno Classic, an eight-team tournament at Brown where it faced four top-20 ranked teams in a five game slate. Harvard finished 1-4 on the weekend defeating Washington & Jefferson, 17-10, but falling to St. Francis (No. 10), Stanford (No. 3), Brown (No. 16) and UC Irvine (No. 9).
The squad heads to the Princeton Invitational for the fifth consecutive season, where the Crimson owns a 5-8 overall record at this event. Last season, Harvard finished 1-3, with a win against Cal Lutheran while dropping matches to Princeton, California, and Johns Hopkins. For the compete weekend schedule, click here.
Rookie of the Week
Joey Colton was tabbed CWPA North Division Rookie of the Week for his efforts at Brown. The Garden Grove, Calif., native scored three goals, dished out six assists and contributed eight steals in the five game event.
Related Link: Colton Named CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Week
Dan Stevens leads the freshman class in scoring with four goals, while classmates Joey Colton and Vitkor Wrobel each added three apiece. Together the rookies accounted for 10 goals, seven assists and 15 steals.
Ten Crimson found the back of the net in Providence, R.I., throughout the weekend. Sophomore Noah Harrison led the way with 13 goals, netting at least two goals in each game. The Huntington Beach, Calif., local paced the offense with four goals in the 17-10 win over Washington & Jefferson. Harrison was named to the CWPA Northern Division Player of the Week Honor Roll for his efforts. Classmates Ben Zepfel (six goals) and Blake Lee (five goals) rounded out the top three scorers for Harvard.
In the Net
Four goalies are on the 2013 Crimson roster. Senior captain Jimmy Field and sophomore Colin Woolway split time in goal at the Bruno Fall Classic at Brown. Field had 17 saves while Woolway had 29 stops for Harvard. Sophomore Connor Denney also recorded one save against Washington & Jefferson.
No. 17 Navy
Navy travels to Princeton after going undefeated at their Labor Day open. Navy handed Penn State Behrend, Iona, Diablo Valley College, MAB, Fordham, and Mt. San Antonio a loss. The Midshipmen are led by Will Weggeland (16 goals and six assists) and Garrett Sabesky (21 saves). Harvard and Navy have met one time at the Princeton Invitational, and the Crimson will look to even out the current 1-0 record.
No. 14 Princeton
Princeton kicks off the 2013 campaign this weekend at home. Last year, Princeton went 17-12 overall and took third place at both Southern Division Championship and the Eastern Championship. The Tigers return three of the teams five top scorers from last season; Drew Hoffenberg (63 goals), Sam Butler (24 goals) and Kurt Buchbinder (22 goals). Alex Gow will be back in goal for Princeton after stopping 190 goals in 23 games to earn a .505 save percentage in his first year on the team. While playing Princeton in this event, the Crimson has lost the previous seven meetings and will look to snap the streak on day one.
Johns Hopkins enters the weekend a perfect 4-0 after going undefeated at the Navy Open. The Blue Jays defeated Iona, Gannon, MAB, and Diablo Valley. Freshman Matt Fraser scored the go ahead goal with19 seconds remaining to give Hopkins the 12-11 advantage over Iona. Fraser was named Southern Division Co-Rookie of the Week. Johnny Beal and Wes Hopkins lead the offense with 11 goals apiece while Danny Ovelar (27 saves) and Erik Henrikson (23 saves) split time in goal during the two-day event. Harvard and Johns Hopkins have faced off the previous two seasons at the Princeton Invitational. The Crimson trails 0-2 at Denunzio Pool against the Blue Jays.
The Colonials opened its 2013 season last weekend with a 4-0 showing at the Navy Open cruising past Salem International, Gannon, Penn State Behrend and Notre Dame. George Washington is led by Southern Division Player of the Week, Daniel Tyner who scored 13 goals and dished out 19 assists and goalie Connor Dillon, who was named the Defensive Player of the Week with 19 saves. The Crimson and the Colonials have met five times at the Princeton Invitational and Harvard has the advantage with a 4-1 record over George Washington.
The Crimson return to action the weekend of Sept. 21-22 as they travel to Fordham, Iona and St. Francis to open up Northern Division conference play.