California Trip Ends With Pair of Losses for Men’s Water Polo

Max Murphy scored two goals against Santa Clara Sunday (Gil Talbot).
Max Murphy scored two goals against Santa Clara Sunday (Gil Talbot).

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Crimson men's water polo team concluded its annual trip to California and slate of five consecutive games against ranked opponents with a pair of losses Sunday. Harvard fell to No. 5 Pepperdine, 20-2, and tournament hosts Santa Clara, 13-4, who is ranked No. 15 by the Collegiate Water Polo Association.

Pepperdine started the opener with seven consecutive goals prior to Harvard getting on the board. Freshman Evan Ramsey and William Roller tallied back-to-back scores before the Waves added its eighth goal just before halftime. Pepperdine blanked the Crimson 12-0 in the second half.

It was the fifth time in the last six games that Ramsey netted a goal.

A slow start doomed the Crimson against the host Broncos. John Holland-McCowan scored in the first and Max Murphy added a goal in the second but Harvard faced a 13-2 deficit entering the fourth quarter.

Evan Zepfel scored in the fourth and Murphy culminated the scoring as the Crimson outscored Santa Clara 2-1 in the final frame.

Harvard returns home for the Ivy Championships Oct. 29-30 at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson is the varsity third seed in the tournament and will face the fifth seeded club team at 1 p.m. Oct. 29.