Junior Mike Katzer had scored at least one goal in four straight games entering Friday's contest (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT finally had its turn to host its cross-town rival Harvard and took advantage of the home setting to defeat the Crimson for the second time this season, 10-6, on Friday night.
The game was tight through the first period with the two teams separated by just one goal at 2-1 in favor of the Engineers (8-6, 5-2 Collegiate Water Polo Association). MIT would pad its lead a bit more in the second period by outscoring Harvard (8-14, 2-5 CWPA) 3-1 to take a 5-2 halftime lead. MIT would put up those same numbers in the third period to grab an 8-3 advantage over the Crimson. Harvard finally picked up its game in the final period, outscoring the Engineers 3-2, but could not make up the five-goal deficit and fell, 10-6.
By wrapping up its CWPA regular season schedule with Friday's game at MIT, the Crimson will look toward the Ivy League Championship, which will be the first time varsity and collegiate club teams clash in a common tournament for a title. Comprised of the varsity teams from Harvard, Princeton and Brown, in addition to the club programs from Penn, Columbia, Yale, Dartmouth and Cornell, the championship will occur on Oct. 30-31 at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.