Men’s Water Polo Falls to Ivy Third-Place Game

Luka Babic scored twice for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).
Luka Babic scored twice for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team will play in the Men's Ivy Championship third-place game after dropping a 15-5 decision to Brown this morning. It will be the second third-place game appearance for the Crimson in the two-year history of the event.

The Bears, who entered the tournament ranked No. 20 by the Collegiate Water Polo Association, advanced to the Ivy Championship Game for the second consecutive year with the win.

Harvard (7-16) was doomed by four consecutive turnovers that resulted in three Brown (15-8) goals in the first three minutes of play. Brown added three more goals in the first frame and took a 6-0 advantage into the second quarter.

The Crimson defense stepped up in the second as Harvard scored a pair of goals off of forced turnovers. Kevin DiSilvestro hit Luka Babic for an open two-on-one fastbreak score and Mike Katzer netted a second Harvard breakaway goal. Max Murphy added a penalty shot goal between the two fastbreak tallies. Harvard held a 3-2 advantage in the period but Brown entered halftime with an 8-3 lead.

Brown regained control in the third period by limiting the number of Crimson shots and carried the momentum through the end of the game.

The Bears blanked Harvard, 4-0, in the third and held the Crimson to two fourth-quarter goals. Babic and Katzer each scored their second goals of the contest in the second half.

The Crimson will play in the Ivy third-place game at 3:30 p.m. against the loser of Princeton and Columbia. Last year, Harvard defeated Yale, 12-5, to claim third place. 

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