Men’s Water Polo Drops Opening Round Contest at CWPA Eastern Championship

Men’s Water Polo Drops Opening Round Contest at CWPA Eastern Championship

Luka Babic found the back of the net against No. 15 Navy, but the Crimson fell, 20-5, Friday at Blodgett Pool (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Max Eliot opened the scoring 57 seconds into the game but No. 15 Navy rebounded to beat Harvard, 20-5, in the first round of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship at Blodgett Pool Friday. The loss sends the Crimson to the loser's bracket where they will compete at 3 p.m. Saturday.

After Eliot gave the Crimson a 1-0 lead, Navy proceeded to score four consecutive goals before Evan Zepfel cut into the Midshipmen lead with 1:06 remaining in the first period.

Navy added to its lead in the second with its ability to convert man-up advantages and also added a penalty shot to outscore the Crimson, 7-1, in the frame. The Midshipmen took a 12-3 lead into halftime and posted identical 4-1 tallies in the third and fourth quarters to finalize the decision, 20-5.

The Crimson, the Northern Division No. 4 seed, received goals from John Holland-McCowan, Luka Babic and Kevin DiSilvestro during the match.

Harvard was 1-for-4 on sprints and 1-for-6 in advantage opportunities in the loss.

The Crimson will face Bucknell, who lost a one-goal decision to No. 18 Brown, tomorrow afternoon. A win puts Harvard in the fifth-place game at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, while a loss drops the squad to the seventh-place game at 10 a.m.