The Crimson and Engineers to meet for a thrid time this season. (Zack Williamson)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 19 Harvard men's water polo closed the 2014 regular season last week and now enters the CWPA Northern Division Championship tournament as the No. 6-seed after finishing with a record of 19-7 and a 7-4 mark in the division. The Crimson will take on hosts MIT on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 12:30 p.m. in an opening round match up.
Last Time Out
Harvard ended 2014 with a three-game road trip, going 2-1. In the first match of the weekend, Harvard faced off against then-No. 17 St. Francis, eventually falling 19-16 in overtime. The Crimson then went on to defeat Fordham, 11-7, and Iona, 11-9.
In the Polls
The Crimson has been ranked in the CWPA Varsity Top 20 for 11 straight weeks, dating back to the preseason poll released on August 27. During this time, Harvard had risen as high as No. 16 and has never been ranked lower than No. 19.
A Harvard player has earned a CWPA weekly award on eight occasions in 2014. Junior Ben Zepfel and sophomore Joey Colton both won Player of the Week awards. Junior Colin Woolway has been awarded the Defensive Player of the Week three weeks running, dating back to October 6. Freshman Colin Chiapello has been named the Rookie of the Week three times as well, with his first award coming in his first week as a collegiate player.
The Harvard offense was strong throughout the 2014 regular season. The Crimson scored at least 10 goals in 21 games, compiling a record of 18-4 in those games. Harvard has also scored at least 10 goals in the last 13 games, dating back to Oct. 4 against Redlands. During the streak, Harvard compiled a record of 10-3.
The CWPA Northern Division Championship tournament will be hosted by MIT. The tournament will feature all seven teams, led by No.1-seed Brown , followed by St. Francis, Harvard, Iona, Fordham, MIT and Connecticut College. In the first day of action Iona will take on Fordham for a chance to play Brown later in the day and a spot in the championship game. The winner of St. Francis and Connecticut College will take on the winner of Harvard and MIT for the second spot in the championship game. The championship game will be played at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9.
The Engineers finished the regular season 12-14, with a 4-8 mark in the Northern Division. They also finish the season ranked as the No. 4-team in the CWPA DIII Top 10. MIT enters the CWPA Northern Division Championship tournament on a three-game losing streak, after taking home the CWPA DII Eastern Championship just two weeks earlier. The Engineers are led by junior Ory Tasman, who has scored over 70 goals this season.
The Crimson and MIT have faced off twice already this season with the Harvard winning both matchups. The Engineers fell to Harvard in their home pool, 12-10, on October 15. Ten short days later, the Crimson defeated MIT again 12-7 in Blodgett Pool.
MIT will be streaming all the action live here.