Men’s Water Polo Opens with MIT Invite

Senior Alexandre Popp will lead the Crimson defense in 2011 (Gil Talbot).

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s water polo season opens this weekend, as the team will make the short trip to the MIT Invite. The Crimson will play two games on Saturday, opening with MIT at 9 a.m. before facing No. 17 Cal Baptist at 4 p.m. The team was 1-2 at the invitational in 2010.

About Harvard
Last season, the Harvard men’s water polo team totaled as many wins (12) as it had the previous two years combined. The Crimson, under the direction of second-year head coach Ted Minnis, will look to build on last year’s success with the goal of reaching the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships this season.
After losing its three top goal scorers from a year ago, the squad will look to senior captains Luka Babic (32 g, 24 a) and Kevin DiSilvestro (29 g, 17 a) to fill the void. The Crimson will be anchored defensively by senior goalie Alexandre Popp who saved 230 shots last season.
About MIT
The Engineers and first-year head coach Mark Lawrence open the 2011 campaign ranked No. 3 in the CWPA Division III poll. MIT defeated Harvard in two of three matchups last season.
About Cal Baptist
The Lancers open 2011 as the No. 17 ranked team in the CWPA Division I rankings. Cal Baptist finished last season in the No. 20 spot after collecting a school-record 32 wins. Head coach Rick Rowland, who started the program in 1999, has collected 152 career wins against varsity teams.
Cal Baptist is one of six NAIA schools to sponsor a water polo program.
The Lancers downed Harvard, 15-12, early last season.

Coming Up
Harvard will travel to the Princeton Invitational Sep. 10-11 to face George Washington, No. 16 Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Fordham.