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Fast Start Carries Men's Water Polo Past Connecticut College, 14-9

Noah Harrison tallied three goals and two assists to help Harvard run its win streak to six games (Photo credit: Justine Agaloos).

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Harvard raced out to an early lead and never looked back to extend its winning streak to six games after beating Connecticut College, 14-9, Sunday afternoon at the Jane Caldwell Lott Natatorium.

Noah Harrison led the way with three goals and two assists to give the Crimson (9-5, 4-0) its longest winning streak since 2002. Ben Zepfel contributed a hat trick for the third time in four games this weekend, while Blake Lee and John Holland-McCowan each chipped in with two goals. Will Roller, Max Eliot, Ryan Rule and Max Murphy all found the back of the net once.

Harvard scored the first four goals of the game to take a commanding lead that it would never relinquish. The Camels responded with two of the next three goals to end the first period down, 5-2.

In the second frame, the two teams would exchange goals before the Crimson got two quick tallies in the final minute to head into the break with a 10-5 advantage.

Harvard's lead ballooned in the third period behind two goals each from Zepfel and Harrison to push the score to 14-6.

Connecticut College scored the only three goals of the fourth period to cut into the deficit; however, the Crimson's lead proved to be insurmountable to give Harvard its 17th win in as many tries against the Camels.  

On the defensive side, Lee had four of the team's 12 steals, and Colin Woolway stopped nine shots in goal.

Harvard heads to the Bison Invitational Sept. 29-30 for four games.

Stats

Goals
Roller
Zepfel 3
Eliot
Holland-McCowan 2
Lee 2
Rule
Murphy
Harrison 3

Assists
Roller 2
Fluegge 2
Lee 2
Harrison 2

Steals
Roller 2
Martinho
Fluegge
Eliot
McNulty
Lee 4
Rule
Harrison

Saves
Woolway 9