Crimson Drops Pair at Claremont Convergence

Pictured: Senior goalkeeper Nikhil Balaraman stopped 11 shots against Chapman.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Harvard men's water polo team dropped a pair of games on the first day of the Claremont Convergence, falling to Chapman and Pomona-Pitzer Friday.

In the first game of the day, Nikhil Balaraman made 11 saves in net for the Crimson, while Jeff Lee scored twice, and Dan Furman and Bret Voith each chipped in with a goal.  However, the Crimson fell to Chapman by a 9-4 margin.

Against Pomona-Pitzer, Harvard trailed by six goals in the fourth quarter, but battled back late in the game before falling, 11-8.  Egen Atkinson recorded a hat trick, while Alex Thompson scored once, assisted on three other tallies and made one steal.  Freshman Antone Martinho netted the first goal of his career and made one steal, while Evan Zepfel contributed a goal and an assist.  Also scoring for Harvard were Dan Furman and Jeff Lee who added a goal apiece, while John Kolb and Bret Voith dished out one assist each.  

The Crimson (4-10) will take on No. 14 Concordia and No. 20 Cal Baptist Saturday.