Harvard Handles George Washington, 12-7, at Princeton Invitational

Photo of Mike Katzer courtesy

Mike Katzer scored four goals to lift the Harvard men's water polo team to its first victory of the season, a 12-7 win over George Washington at the Princeton Invitational Saturday at DeNunzio Pool.

The Crimson jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first eight minutes of play and never looked back, holding a 6-3 advantage at half time.  Harvard scored multiple transition goals in the third quarter to hold off the Colonials.  "It was a solid effort all around," noted Harvard head coach Erik Farrar.

Katzer tallied four scores on only five shots, while Alex Thompson and Jeff Lee each netted two goals.  The Crimson also added goals by Egen Atkinson, Max Eliot, Luka Babic and Evan Zepfel.  Between the pipes, Alexandre Popp made eight saves, keeping Harvard ahead throughout the contest.

Later in the day, Harvard fell to No. 11 Princeton by a score of 16-8.  Nikhil Balaraman was strong in net, making 13 saves against the Tigers.  Atkinson netted three goals, while Bret Voith and Thompson had two apiece.  Katzer rounded out the Crimson scoring with a goal.

Harvard (1-4) will play two games Sunday, as the team will meet No. 16 Santa Clara at 9:15 a.m. and Fordham at 2:15 p.m.