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Zepfel Named AWPCA All-America Honorable Mention

Zepfel contributed 52 goals, three assists and 23 steals (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Ben Zepfel of the Harvard men's water polo team has been tabbed an All-America Honorable Mention by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, the organization announced Thursday.  This marks the fifth All-America selection in program history, as Zepfel becomes the fourth Crimson to garner the honor.

Zepfel is the first Crimson student-athlete on the men's side to be named All-America under head coach Ted Minnis. He also is just the second player in program history to earn honorable mention behind Michael L. Zimmerman '99 who did so in 1996. 

A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Zepfel is the first Crimson student-athlete on the men's side to be named All-America under head coach Ted Minnis. He is also just the second player in program history to earn honorable mention behind Michael L. Zimmerman '99 who did so in 1996.

Zepfel had been previously tabbed to Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division first team and the CWPA Eastern All-Tournament second team. He became the first athlete in program history to be named to the first team as both a freshman and sophomore and the third player to earn the honor in two consecutive seasons. He also was honored with the team's co-Most Valuable Player award.

The sophomore helped the Crimson to an impressive 18-14 record as the squad captures its first conference title with an 11-1 mark. The sophomore guided Harvard to a second place finish at the CWPA Northern Division Championships and a fifth place finish at the CWPA Championships.

Zepfel ranked second on the team with 52 goals while also contributing three assists and 23 steals throughout his sophomore campaign. The rising-junior has been tabbed co-captain for the 2014 season.