The Crimson will face Navy or Iona in second round matchup. (Zack Williamson)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After a week off, No. 18 Harvard men's water polo is set to compete for the CWPA Eastern Championship, hosted by Navy. The Crimson's first game is Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Harvard will face the winner of Navy and Iona, who play earlier in the afternoon at 12:40 p.m.
A Year in Review
The Crimson finished the regular season 21-8, its best record since 2001 when Harvard finished 25-9. Harvard also went 7-4 in the CWPA Northern Division.
With a 7-4 record, the Crimson ventured to the West Coast for a five-game road trip. When the weekend was over, Harvard had won all five games including an 11-10 victory over then-No. 16 Whittier. The West Coast win streak vaulted the Crimson to No. 16 in the CWPA Top 20, its highest ranking of 2014.
At the Ivy Tournament Championship, Harvard took third after falling to then-No. 13 Brown and defeating Dartmouth.
The Crimson closed out the regular season with a second-place finish at the CWPA Northern Division Championship, Harvard's second consecutive runner-up finish. In the first round, Harvard defeated crosstown rivals MIT, 14-8. The Crimson then battled then-No. 17 St. Francis, winning 11-10 in overtime for a spot in the championship game. In the final match, Harvard took on Brown for the fourth time in 2014. In a tightly contest match, the Crimson eventually fell to the Bears, 9-6.
The Midshipmen compiled a record of 16-11 in 2014 and a 4-4 mark in the Southern Division, good for third in the division. The Crimson upset the Championship hosts earlier in the season in the only meeting between the two.
The Gales went 6-19 in the regular season and 5-7 in the CWPA Northern Division. Harvard went 2-0 against Iona in 2014, holding the Gales under 10 goals in both games.
The CWPA will be streaming all Eastern Division Championship action from Annapolis live here and will also be providing live stats here.