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Men's Water Polo Splits on Final Day of Bison Invitational

The Crimson went 3-1 at the Bison Invitational over the weekend (Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications). 

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Harvard men's water polo team split its two games on the final day of the Bison Invitational Sunday.

The Crimson (12-6) raced out to an early lead and never looked back as the Crimson doubled up the University of Toronto, 16-8, to run its win streak to nine in the day's opening game before falling to the host, Bucknell, 10-8, to conclude the weekend with a 3-1 record.

John Holland-McCowan netted four goals to help Harvard match its longest win streak since 2002. Ryan Rule added a hat trick and two assists, while Noah Harrison found the back of the net twice and contributed three helpers. Ben Zepfel and Max Eliot both scored two goals, and Blake Lee, Nathan Clement and Austen Novis each contributed single tallies.

Harvard stormed out of the gates, and took a commanding 5-0 lead after the opening period. The Crimson kept pouring it on in the second with five more goals to take a 10-3 advantage into the intermission.

In the second half, Harvard outscored the Blues, 4-3, in the third before both teams netted two goals in the final frame.

Colin Woolway (six saves) and Jimmy Field (five saves) combined to make 11 saves in goal, while Lee paced the team with three steals and Harrison had two of the team's 12 thefts.

In the second game of the day, Harvard made a furious comeback attempt, but it ended up falling just short in a loss to Bucknell.

The Bison jumped out to a four-goal lead at the break after outscoring Harvard 4-1 in the second period. However, the Crimson responded in the third period and flipped the script to cut the deficit to one heading into the final eight minutes.

In the fourth, Harvard scored the first goal to tie the game at eight, but Bucknell netted the final two goals to hold off the Crimson and snap its nine-game win streak.

Zepfel paced the Harvard offense with four goals. Harrison added two goals, and Will Roller and Holland-McCowan both scored one goal.

Jimmy Field (nine saves) and Colin Woolway (three saves) split time in goal for the Crimson.

Harvard heads to Calif. for four games at the Claremont Convergence Oct. 5-6.

Stats
University of Toronto 16-8 win

Goals
Zepfel 2
Eliot 2
Holland-McCowan 4
Novis
Clement
Lee
Rule 3
Harrison 2

Assists
Roller 2
Martinho
Miao 2
Clement
Lee 2
Rule 2
Murphy
Harrison 3

Steals
Roller
Holland-McCowan
McNulty
Clement
Lee 3
Rule
Murphy
Harrison 2
Woolway

Saves
Field 5
Woolway 6

Bucknell 8-10 loss

Goals
Roller
Zepfel 4
Holland-McCowan
Harrison 2

Assists
Roller
Eliot
Holland-McCowan
Murphy
Harrison

Steals
Roller
Zepfel
Eliot 2
Lee
Murphy
Harrison 2

Saves
Field 9
Woolway 3