Stevens tallied three goals and a steal (Photo Courtsey: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The third-seeded Harvard men's water polo team could not outlast a fourth-quarter rally by sixth-seeded Princeton as the Crimson dropped a, 9-7, decision to the Tigers in the second round of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championships.
Dan Stevens opened up the scoring in the first frame when he fired a shot past Princeton's Alex Gow just 1:44 into the game. Princeton's Sam Butler responded to knot the score at one, before Noah Harrison registered his first goal of the night to give the Crimson the edge. With 3:05 remaining in the quarter, Princeton slipped the ball past Colin Woolway to even the score.
Harvard outscored Princeton in the second stanza, 2-1 to give the Crimson a 4-3 lead at intermission. Harrison and Ben Zepfel tallied scores for the Crimson.
The third period was a back and forth battle as both squad found the back of the net three times. Steven buried a shot early in the frame to give the Crimson a two-goal lead. Princeton responded with a goal before Stevens registered his third of the day. John Holland-McCowan put one away to give the Crimson a 7-6 lead with one period to go.
The final eight minutes proved to be the difference as the Tigers defense shut down the Crimson. Princeton outscored Harvard, 3-0 to secure the win.
Defensively, Harrison led the way with four steals while Joey Colton picked up three thefts. Woolway registered four saves.
The Crimson will return to the pool Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. to take on MIT.