Men’s Water Polo Hosts Three Matches This Weekend at Blodgett Pool

Men’s Water Polo Hosts Three Matches This Weekend at Blodgett Pool

Men's water polo looks to build on its 2-1 conference record this weekend at Blodgett Pool (Photo Courtsey: Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team will play its first home games of the 2013 season this weekend as the Crimson host Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division rivals Connecticut College, Brown and MIT at Blodgett Pool.

A live video stream of all three matches will be available through the Ivy League Digital Network by clicking here.

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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.


Schedule of Events
Harvard kicks off the weekend on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a double header against Connecticut College at noon and Brown at 9 p.m. The Crimson returns to the pool on Sunday to take on MIT at noon.

Parking Advisory
Due to the football game between Harvard and Brown, fans coming to watch water polo will have to pay for parking on Saturday, Sept. 28.  For more information regarding where to park, prices, and a map of the Harvard athletic campus please click here

Student Rewards Game
Sunday's contest against MIT is part of the Harvard CrimZone Student Rewards Program.  A free giveaway and three points will be given to all students in attendance that swipe their HUID at the marketing table for entry to the grand prize drawing, which will be announced at the women's ice hockey game against Boston College on Saturday, Dec. 7. 

Last Time Out
Harvard opened up CWPA Northern Division conference play last weekend with a road trip to New York for three games.  The Crimson defeated Fordham, 15-5, before falling to Iona in overtime, 18-16.  The squad returned to the pool on Sunday where they downed St. Francis, 14-11.

Upset No. 14 St. Francis
The Crimson defeated No. 14 St. Francis last Sunday to earn the program's first win at the St. Francis Aquatic Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and snapped a 16-game losing streak against the Terriers that dated back to 2002. This is the first time that St. Francis dropped a match at a home venue since 2002, a streak that lasted 31 consecutive home games spanning across 11 years. Noah Harrison netted five goals while six other Crimson found the back of the net.Colin Woolway (4 saves) and Jimmy Field (3 saves) split time in the net.

Related Link: Men's Water Polo Upsets No. 14 St. Francis

Around the CWPA Northern Division
CWPA Northern Division conference play began last week.  St. Francis sits at top with a 3-1 record while Harvard and Brown are tied for second with a 2-1 conference mark. Fordham and Iona both own a 2-2 record while MIT sits at 1-2. Connecticut College remains winless in conference action. 

The Crimson have buried 180 goals in its 12 games so far this season. Eleven different players have contributed three or more goals while four players have tallied double digit scoring. Noah Harrison leads the way with 26 goals while Ben Zepfel (19 goals), Blake Lee(15 goals), Dan Stevens (15 goals) and Viktor Wrobel (9 goals) round out the top five offensive forces for the Crimson.

Weekly Accolades
Sophomore Noah Harrison was named CWPA Player of the Week while classmate Colin Woolway earned Defensive Player of the Week for this week.  Harrison registered nine goals, five assists and nine steals.  He leads the team in goals (26) and steals (31). Woolway, who has been tabbed Defensive Player of the Week for the two consecutive weeks, finished the weekend with one assist, three steals and 22 saves.  In the first three weeks of the season, three Crimson have earned four CWPA weekly honors.

Related Link: Harrison Named CWPA Player of the Week; Woolway Tabbed Defensive Player of the Week

Protecting the Net
Colin Woolway had led the Crimson in net so far this season.  The Pasadena, Calif., native has tallied five assists, seven steals and 79 saves in 12 games. He registered a season-high 12 saves against Iona last Saturday as the Crimson fell, 18-16 in overtime.

Familiar Foes
Harvard takes on three CWPA Northern Division opponents. The Crimson leads the all-times series against two of the three opponents. The squad is undefeated against Connecticut College (18-0) and leads the all-times series with MIT (77-21).

Harvard has not had such success against Brown.  The Crimson trail the all-times series against the Brown, 20-81, dropping the last 15 consecutive matches.  Most recently, Harvard fell to Brown at the Bruno Fall Classic, 9-8 on Sept. 7.

Scouting Connecticut College
The Camels offensive struggles have led to a slow start to the 2012 campaign.  Connecticut College sits at 1-8 and recently dropped matches to St. Francis, 21-13, Fordham, 15-10 and Iona, 17-11 to run its losing streak to seven straight games.

Scouting Brown
The Bears enter this weekend's showdown with an 8-5 mark on the season. Last weekend, Brown fell to St. Francis, 16-15, before cruising past Fordham and Iona. The team's offensive efforts are led by Warren Smith (23 goals), Hank Fox (23 goals) and Nick Deaver (22 goals) while Walker Shockley has registered 62 saves in goal. 

Scouting MIT
The Engineers will carry a 3-7 record into Blodgett Pool on Sunday.  MIT is looking to snap a two-game losing streak and earn another CWPA conference win.  The squad cruised past Iona, 12-10, last weekend before dropping back-to-back games to Fordham, 11-10, and St. Francis, 18-10. MIT is led by Ory Tasman who has 10 goals, two assists and eight steals on the season.

Up Next
The Crimson will hit the road to continue CWPA league play next weekend as the team travels to Connecticut College on Saturday, Oct. 5.