Men’s Water Polo Advances to Ivy Semifinal with Win Over Cornell

John Holland-McCowan scored three times for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).
John Holland-McCowan scored three times for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team defeated Cornell's club team, 15-6, to open the Ivy Championship. Harvard used a balanced attack in the win as nine different players found the back of the net.

The Crimson (7-15) put on an impressive scoring display in the first quarter and jumped to an 8-3 lead. The first seven goals were scored by seven different Crimson players before John Holland-McCowan capped off the first quarter with a pair of scores.

Kevin DiSilvestro started the scoring 50 seconds into the game before Cornell (9-3) evened the score 20 seconds later. The 1-1 tie was the last time the game was close as Harvard scored the next four and handled the Big Red for the remainder of the contest.

Harvard extended its advantage to eight before halftime with four second frame goals. Max Murphy opened the second with a rebound goal after a shot by Mike Katzer hit the left post and Ryan Rule added two goals in the quarter.

The Crimson controlled the ball for a majority of the second half and stepped up on the defensive end. Goalie Jimmy Field limited Cornell to two goals over the final 16 minutes, including a shutout of the third quarter.

Thomas McNulty became the ninth Harvard player to score in the game with a goal in the third quarter.

With the win, the Crimson advanced to the semifinal of the Ivy Championship. Harvard will face Brown at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Blodgett Pool. The championship game will be at 5 p.m. tomorrow and the third-place game will be held at 3:30 p.m. For the complete tournament schedule click here.