Men’s Water Polo Splits at Ivy Championship; Finish in Third Place
Blake Lee finished the weekend with three goals, three assists and four steals (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 17 Harvard men's water polo team split its games at the Ivy Championship this weekend, dropping a 12-9 decision to Brown in the opening round before handily defeating the club team from Penn, 22-11.
In the fourth meeting this season, Harvard and Brown matched each other goal for goal in the opening stanza as both teams found the back of the cage twice. The Bears outscored the Crimson, 3-1, in the second frame to take a two goal advantage heading into halftime.
Brown started to gain momentum when it shutout Harvard in the third stanza. The Bears buried four goals to increase the lead by six. The Crimson ended its drought in the fourth as the squad put away six goals as Harvard chipped away at the deficit. However, Brown returned the favor registering three more scores giving the Bears the three-goal victory.
Sophomore Blake Lee led the way with two goals, three assists and three steals, while Joey Colton added two scores and one helper. Defensively, the Crimson racked up 11 steals led by Lee and Ben Zepfel. Colin Woolway (2 saves) and Jimmy Field (1 save) split time in goal for Harvard.
The Crimson returned to the pool to take on Penn and the third-seeded Harvard stormed out of the gates outscoring the Quakers, 9-5 in the opening frame. The Crimson poured in six more goals in the second to push the lead to eight at intermission.
Harvard limited Penn to only one goal in the third while finding the back of the net three times heading into the fourth stanza. The Crimson locked up the game with four more goals in the last eight minutes of the game to give Harvard its first win of the weekend.
Dan Stevens led the way for Harvard with a career-high four goals, while John Holland-McCowan chipped in a new personal best with three goals. Noah Harrison registered his fourth hat trick of the season.
On the defensive end, Woolway (4 saves), Field (2 saves) and Connor Denney (1 save) split time in net. Will Roller paced the squad with five steals, while Robbie Fluegge added four and Harrison had three.
The Crimson will head west for five games in three days in the Golden State this weekend.
Harvard 9, Brown 12
Harvard 22, Penn 11