No. 12 Men’s Water Polo Set for Princeton Invitational

No. 12 Men’s Water Polo Set for Princeton Invitational

Noah Harrison helped the Crimson move up to No. 12 in the CWPA National rankings after a strong first week (Gil Talbot).

Tournament Info
Date
Venue

Princeton Invitational hosted by Princeton
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11
DeNunzio Pool

Matchup
Date/Time
Broadcast
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

          No. 12 Harvard vs. No. 15 Air Force
Saturday, Sept. 10 - 2:15 p.m.
   Ivy League Digital Network
DeNunzio Pool
Harvard trails, 1-4
W, 9-8 (Oct. 15, 2015)
W1

Matchup
Date/Time
Broadcast
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

   No. 12 Harvard vs. No. 10 UC San Diego
Saturday, Sept. 10 - 7:15 p.m.
Ivy League Digital Network
DeNunzio Pool
Harvard trails, 0-1
L, 5-12 (Sept. 23, 1989)
L1

Matchup
Date/Time
Broadcast
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

                      No. 12 Harvard vs. Fordham
Saturday, Sept. 11- 1:30 p.m.
Ivy League Digital Network
DeNunzio Pool
Harvard leads, 30-14
W, 12-7 (Oct. 31, 2015)
W8

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 12 Harvard men's water polo team looks to build on a strong opening weekend as they head to the Princeton Invitational for a trio of matches this weekend. The Crimson squares off with Air Force and UC Davis on Saturday before wrapping up the tournament against Fordham on Sunday. 

Last Time Out
Harvard posted a 3-1 record at the Bruno Classic, hosted by Brown. The Crimson showed its potential for the 2016 season, taking down two nationally-ranked teams with wins over No. 16 Johns Hopkins (18-14) and No. 10 UC Davis (13-12). Harvard then fell to No. 4 Pacific before bouncing back for a 15-8 defeat of Wagner.

Climbing the Ladder
The Crimson opened the season at No. 14 in the CWPA Preseason National Poll, the first time that a Harvard water polo team has ever made the preseason national rankings. After going 3-1 at the Bruno Classic, the Crimson jumped up to the No. 12 spot, tying the highest ranking ever by a Harvard water polo team.

Team Effort
Harvard received contributions from nearly every player on the roster. Twelve different Crimson recorded goals, including eight with multi-goal performances to kick off the year.

Man of the Week
Senior Noah Harrison was selected as the Northeast Water Polo Conference Player of the Week after totaling 12 goals, four assists, four steals and three field blocks for the week of Sept. 4. Harrison led Harvard with four goals in the wins over UC Davis and Wagner.

Helping Hand
Senior Joey Colton and junior Harry Tafur helped guide the Crimson attack, leading Harvard in assists at the Bruno Classic. Colton totaled nine helpers, while Tafur notched eight over the four-game stretch.

Fearless Freshmen
All four freshmen on the roster had impressive showings in their first collegiate action. Bennie Seybold and Charlie Owens both recorded hat tricks, Austin Sechrest led the Crimson with seven total steals, and goalkeeper Nikhil Suri played solid in between the pipes, recording 25 saves in three appearances.

Scouting Air Force
No. 15 Air Force enters the Princeton Invitational with a 1-1 record after the Triton Invitational at UC San Diego. The Falcons opened the year with a 14-8 victory over the Cal Lutheran, before falling 20-11 to No. 6 Santa Barbara. Air Force is led by junior Riley Thomas along with seniors Erik Whyte and Riley Quinlan. Thomas is the current leader in goals (five) and steals (eight), while Whyte and Quinlan are tied for second in both goals (four) and assists (two).

Scouting UC San Diego
No. 10 UC San Diego opened the 2016 campaign against two top-five teams when they hosted the Triton Invitational last weekend. UC San Diego fell to No. 5 Stanford (15-5) and No. 1 UCLA (13-6), moving back one spot in the national rankings after being named No. 9 in the preseason poll. Senior All-American utility Nick Alexander (48 goals, 64 assists and 44 steals in 2015) paces the Triton offense while sophomore goalie Jack Turner (248 saves and 35 steals) leads the defense.

Scouting Fordham
Fordham finished 3-1 at the Navy Labor Day Open to kick off the 2016 season. The Rams were defeated, 17-10, by No. 11 Princeton before rattling off wins against La Salle (23-5), Gannon (13-8) and McKendree (16-8). Fordham is led by senior R.J. Simmons (61 goals, 47 assists, 46 steals in 2015), along with sophomores Magnus Sims (33 goals, 25 assists) and Diego Delgado (22 goals, 32 assists and 38 steals).

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