Graduating Senior Murphy Honored at 2014 Banquet. (Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The Harvard men's water polo team wrapped up the 2014 season with its annual award banquet Monday night inside the Downtown Harvard Club.
The first award of the night was given to Lee for Most Improved Player. After a two-year hiatus from water polo, Lee returned to the Crimson as a walk on. His tireless work effort throughout the season was an inspiration to his coaches and teammates, and as a group they chose Lee for the award.
Freshman Colin Chiapello was named the team's Rookie of the Year. Chiapello made an instant impact with the Crimson, winning the first CWPA Rookie of the Week award of 2014. He would go on to win the award four more times and eventually be named the CWPA Northern Rookie of the Year. Chiapello was effective in all facets of the game, finishing the season with 34 goals, 33 assists and 35 steals.
Reigning CWPA Northern Player of the Year, Joey Colton was named the Team MVP. Colton was the anchor for a high-powered Crimson offense, tallying an astounding 121 assists, adding 58 goals and a team high 47 steals. Colton was also named a co-captain for the 2015 season.
The Coaches' Award was given to Murphy, the team's only senior. As one of The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach, Ted Minnis' first recruits, he has been at the center of a major turnaround for the Crimson program. Every year since he arrived on campus, Murphy has been a strong leader and saw the team increase its win total every season. Murphy also had one of his best seasons at Harvard finishing with 22 goals, 17 assists and 30 steals.
Standout rising junior Ben Zepfel was named a co-captain for the 2015 season after a great performance in 2014. Zepfel was the engine for Harvard's offense, firing home a team-high 92 goals, by far the most of any player during the Minnis era.
The Crimson finished with an impressive 22-10 record, the most wins since 2001. The Crimson's strong season was recognized by the CWPA with two Harvard players being named to the All-Northern first team and two to the second team along with the Player and Rookie of the Year.