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Men's Water Polo Holds Annual Awards Banquet

Fields won the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award after the 2013 season. (Harvard Athletic Communications).

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The Harvard men's water polo team wrapped up the 2013 season with its annual award banquet Monday night inside the Murr Center's Lee Family Hall of History.

Senior co-captains Jimmy Field and Will Roller, sophomores Noah Harrison, Ben Zepfel and Connor Denney, and freshman Joey Colton were all honored at the banquet. Jimmy Field received the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award, Will Roller was the Coaches' Award recipient, Harrison and Zepfel were named Co-Most Valuable Players and Colton was named Rookie of the Year.

Rising senior Max Murphy and rising junior Zepfel were named co-captains for the 2014 season.

Field is the third men's recipient of the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award, which is given annually to the Harvard water polo senior who embodies the spirit and tenacity of the award's namesake. Field's totaled one score, one helper, three thefts and 52 saves in his final season.

A senior, Roller, was the recipient of the Coaches' Award after his final season.  He finished the year with nine goals, 12 assists and 16 steals.

Harrison and Zepfel led the Crimson offense this season. Harrison finishes his second season at Harvard on top of the team's leader board with 70 goals and 69 steals to earn Co-MVP.  He was named to the CWPA Northern Division Second-Team. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native collected four CWPA Player of the Week awards (Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Nov. 11) and one COOP Athlete of the Week (Sept. 30).

Zepfel totaled 52 goals, three assists and 23 steals to garner Co-MVP honors. The Newport Beach, Calif., native earned CWPA Northern Division First-Team and was named to the CWPA Eastern All-Tournament Second Team.

Denney's effort and dedication in and out of the pool guided him to Most Improved accolades.

Colton received the Rookie of the Year nod after a stellar inaugural collegiate campaign. He was honored by the CWPA four times as the Rookie of the Week (Sept. 10, Oct. 16, Oct. 29) and earned CWPA Northern Division Second-Team honors.  The Garden Grove, Calif., native was second in scores (46) and third in steals (46) while topping the squad in assists with 57.

Harvard finished with an impressive 18-14 record as the Crimson captured its first conference title with an 11-1 mark and placed second at the CWPA Northern Division Championships and fifth at the CWPA Championships.