Harvard will look to end the regular season on a high note before heading into postseason play (Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications).
The Harvard men's water polo team wraps up its regular season with two games Saturday in New York City. The Crimson (12-12, 4-1) takes on St. Francis (N.Y.) in a pivotal showdown for second place in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division at noon before taking on Mercyhurst at 5:30 p.m.
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Last Time Out
Harvard squared off with No. 12 Brown for the CWPA Northern Division title Oct. 11 at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson was missing three starters due to injury and got off to a slow start to fall to the Bears, 23-9, on Senior Day. The loss was Harvard's first in league play after the Crimson knocked off MIT, Fordham, Iona and Connecticut College back in September.
Twice is Nice
Ben Zepfel was named the CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Week for the second time for the week of Oct. 15 after his performance against Brown. The Newport Beach native netted four goals and one steal against the Bears to go over the 50-goal plateau on the season. Zepfel also won the award for the week of Sept. 17 after tallying 11 goals and four steals in three games at the North-South Challenge, also hosted at Blodgett Pool. On the year, Zepfel leads the team with 53 goals and ranks third with 22 steals.
Fellow freshman Noah Harrison has also won the Rookie of the Week award twice, taking home the honors Sept. 3 and Oct. 8, and earned a Player of the Week nod, Oct. 8. He ranks first in steals (47), tied for second in goals (43) and third in assists (26). Additionally, Blake Lee won the Rookie of the Week award Sept. 24. He leads the team is assists (35) and is second in steals (44) and goals (43). Robbie Fluegge has totaled 13 goals, 11 assists and 17 steals in his inaugural campaign, while Colin Woolway has made 100 saves in net. Overall, the freshmen have contributed 61.8 percent of goals (155/251), 53.01 percent of assists (88/166), 58.6 percent of steals (137/237) and 44.8 percent of saves (100/223).
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Defensive Player of the Week
Jimmy Field has been a staple in net for the Crimson all season long, and he was rewarded for his efforts Sept. 24 as he was named the CWPA Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week. He made 24 saves in eight quarters to help Harvard win three games in two days. On the season, Field leads the team with 123 saves.
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No Place Like Home
The Crimson wrapped up its home schedule with the loss to Brown; however, Harvard still finished 4-2 at Blodgett Pool to end the year with a winning record at home for the first time since 2007 when the team went 5-3 at home.
St. Francis (N.Y.)
The Terriers enter this weekend at 8-8 overall and 2-2 in the CWPA Northern Division after knocking off MIT, 14-11, their last time out. Senior Marko Gencic leads the squad with 36 goals and 25 assists, while sophomore Vuk Vujosevic has contributed 20 goals, 17 assists and 24 steals. On the defensive front, junior Igor Mladenovic has made 152 saves in net. Harvard trails the all-times series, 24-6, after dropping last season's only meeting, 13-5.
The Lakers sit at 14-5 overall after winning their last two games against Salem International, 20-15, and Washington and Jefferson, 19-11, last weekend. Mercyhurst is led by Brett Luehmann, who has 57 goals and 22 assists this season. Garret Schoeman has tallied 37 goals and 41 assists, while Isaac Ogloblin has netted 22 goals and 21 assists in just 11 games. Matt Cote has compiled a 13-3 record in net, making 97 saves in the process. This will be the second meeting between the two schools this year after Harvard took the first meeting, 16-9, to increase its all-time series lead to 3-1.
Harvard travels to Yale for the Ivy League Championships Oct. 27-28.