2013 leading scorer Noah Harrison (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 19 Harvard men's water polo team, under the guidance of The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis, is set to open the season on the road at the Princeton Invitational this weekend. The Crimson will face off against Diablo Valley College and Bucknell on Saturday, and Johns Hopkins, who is No. 3 in the Division III polls, on Sunday.
Harvard finished the season with an 18-14 overall record, the most wins under Minnis, who earned 2013 CWPA-North Coach of the Year Coach honors, and most since 2002. The Crimson also finished with an impressive 11-1 conference record, securing a second place finish in the CWPA Northern Championship for the second time in team history. Harvard enters the 2014 season with high expectations, nationally ranked for the first time since the CWPA pre-season polls opened in 2008. The Crimson returns 11 players and 292 goals from last year's team. 2013 All-CWPA selections Noah Harrison, Ben Zepfel and Joey Colton will lead the charge in 2014. Zepfel, an AWPCA All-American in 2013, scored 52 goals, while Harrison tallied 70 and Colton added 46 as a freshman. Junior goalie Colin Woolway also returns after coming up with 211 saves in 2013.
About Diablo Valley College
The Vikings finished last season with a 19-7 overall record and a 6-0 record in the Big 8 Conference. They also finished third in the 2013 CCCAA Men's Water Polo State Championship.
The Bison ended 2013 with a 14-11 overall record and a 5-3 record in CWPA Southern play. Bucknell lost a third of the team's scoring to graduation and will look to junior Stefan Aleksic to lead the way. Aleksic was a 2013 AWPCA All-American Honorable Mention and has led the Bison in scoring the past two seasons.
About Johns Hopkins
The Blue Jays compiled a strong 21-10 overall record last year with a 3-5 record in the CWPA Southern Division. They return two of their three top scorers, including senior utility man Wes Hopkins, who lead the way with 62 goals.
Free Weekend on Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network will kick off its second year broadcast schedule with a free opening weekend
The free period will run from September 5 through September 7 and will feature season-opening games around the Ivy League in field hockey, women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer and men's water polo. To sign up for your free weekend on The Ivy League Digital Network, click here
Use the all new Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.