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No. 12 Men’s Water Polo to Host Harvard Invitational This Weekend

Junior captain Harry Tafur totaled two assists in Harvard's victory over MIT last weekend (Paul Rutherford).

Tournament Info
Date
Venue

Harvard Invitational
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16
Blodgett Pool

Matchup
Date/Time
Broadcast
Venue
Series
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Streak

          No. 12 Harvard vs. Toronto
Saturday, Oct. 15 - 8:30 a.m.
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Blodgett Pool
Harvard leads, 2-0
W, 16-8 (Sept. 30, 2012)
W2

Matchup
Date/Time
Broadcast
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

          No. 12 Harvard vs. Wagner
Saturday, Oct. 15 - 1:30 p.m.
Ivy League Digital Network
Blodgett Pool
Harvard leads, 2-0
L, 5-12 (Sept. 23, 1989)
L1

Matchup
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Broadcast
Venue
Series
Last 
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                   No. 12 Harvard vs. No. 13 Bucknell
Sunday, Oct. 16- 8 a.m.
Ivy League Digital Network
Blodgett Pool
Harvard trails, 20-7
L, 10-8 (Sept. 5, 2015)
L9

Matchup
Date/Time
Broadcast
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

                           No. 12 Harvard vs. Dartmouth
Sunday, Oct. 16- 10:30 a.m.
Ivy League Digital Network
Blodgett Pool
Harvard leads, 11-0
W, 15-11 (Oct. 19, 2014)
W11

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 12 Harvard men's water polo (13-3, 3-2 NWPC) is slated for four matches this weekend as it hosts the Harvard Invitational at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson take on the University of Toronto (7-1) and Wagner (5-12, 2-5 MAWPC) Saturday, before closing the tournament against No. 13 Bucknell (12-2, 6-1 MAWPC) and Dartmouth on Sunday. The contest against Dartmouth is an exhibition and will not affect Harvard's overall record.

Last Time Out
Harvard opened play at home last weekend with matches against No. 14 Brown and MIT. The Crimson fell to the Bears, 9-7, and defeated MIT by a score of 11-9 in the nightcap. Harvard moved to 13-3 on the season, including 3-2 in Northeast Water Polo Conference play. Senior Dan Stevens led Harvard with a hat trick in the win over MIT, while junior Colin Chiapello scored twice against Brown. Freshman goaltender Nikhil Suri picked up 10 saves in the victory over the Engineers.

Harvard Invitational
The Crimson men's water polo team is hosting the Harvard Invitational for the first time in 2016. The tournament features 10 schools and 15 games over the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Harvard opens play on Saturday with an 8:30 a.m. contest against Toronto, and the final game will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday with a matchup between MIT and NYAC.

Home Sweet Home
Harvard returns to Blodgett Pool after opening its home schedule on Oct. 8. The Crimson currently sits at 1-1 in Cambridge this year. Harvard men's water polo has finished above .500 at home every season since 2011, posting a 20-7 mark during that span.

Down the Stretch
The Crimson is officially on the second half of its 2016 schedule, recording a 13-3 record to start the season. Harvard competes in two more tournaments, the Harvard Invitational and the Bronco Invite at Santa Clara, before concluding regular season play with five conference matches leading up to the CWPA Championships on Nov. 18-20.

Historic Happenings
The Crimson opened up the 2016 season with the best start in program history through 12 games with an 11-1 mark, including nine-straight victories from Sept. 4 – Oct. 1. Harvard also reached the highest ranking at No. 8 for any Crimson water polo squad.

Senior Spark
Senior Dan Stevens was instrumental to Harvard's success this past weekend. Stevens notched a score, an assist and a steal in both contests for the Crimson. His trio of scores against MIT helped Harvard secure the 11-8 victory and marked his fourth multi-goal performance of the season. 

Leaders of the Pack
Seniors Joey Colton and Noah Harrison have continued to lead by example for the Crimson this year. Both rank among the team leaders for goals, assists and steals. Harrison leads Harvard with 39 goals, while Colton has paced the offensive attack with a team-high 35 assists. Defensively, Harrison sits second on the Crimson with 23 steals, while Colton is tied for fourth with eight swipes.

Scouting Toronto
The University of Toronto enters the Harvard Invitational with a record of 7-1. The Varsity Blues started the 2016 campaign with three consecutive wins at the Bucknell Invitational, including wins over Navy and Salem International. The only loss for Toronto comes against Wagner at the conclusion of the Bucknell Invite, and the Varsity Blues have bounced back for four-straight wins. Toronto is led by senior Emre Tali who was named an Ontario University Athletics All-Star last season.

Scouting Wagner
The Seahawks face off against the Crimson for the third time this season. Harvard has earned victories in the first two contests by scores of 15-8 on Sept. 4 and 12-6 on Sept. 17. Wagner boasts a varsity men's water polo program for the first time ever in 2016. The Seahawks are currently 5-12, with recent wins against Johns Hopkins and Navy their last time out. Against Navy, junior Ciaran Wolohan and sophomore Devin O' Donnell combined for seven of Wagner's 15 goals.

Scouting Bucknell
Bucknell has continued to make its way toward the top of the CWPA National Rankings, currently sitting at the No. 13 spot. The Bison are off to a 12-2 mark in 2016, including a 6-1 conference record in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. Bucknell recently rattled off a nine-game winning streak in which they didn't lose for more than a month (Sept. 4 – Oct. 8). The Bison are led by freshman Rade Joksimovic who has totaled 70 goals through 14 contests this season.

Scouting Dartmouth
Dartmouth jumped out to a 3-0 start in 2016. The Big Green earned victories over Boston University, the University of Connecticut and Middlebury College to open the year. Dartmouth has outscored its opponents by a combined total of 36-3. 

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