Sophomore Anthony Ridgley matched a career high with 15 saves in a win over MIT last weekend (Paul Rutherford).
No. 10 Harvard vs. No. 20 St. Francis Brooklyn
No. 10 Harvard vs. No. 10 Princeton
No. 10 Harvard vs. Iona
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 10 Harvard men's water polo (20-5, 5-2 NWPC) finishes up regular season action with three home contests against Northeast Water Polo Conference foes this weekend. The Crimson hosts No. 20 St. Francis Brooklyn and No. 10 Princeton on Saturday, before welcoming Iona to Blodgett Pool Sunday.
The Crimson heads into the final weekend of conference play with a 5-2 NWPC record, placing Harvard in a tie for second with No. 12 Brown. No. 10 Princeton has a slight lead with a 6-1 conference mark heading into the last three conference matches for each team.
Last Time Out
No. 10 Harvard men's water polo picked up serious ground in the Northeast Water Polo Conference with victories over MIT and then-No. 10 Brown on Saturday. The Crimson handily defeated the Engineers, 12-3, before taking down the Bears in overtime, 9-8. Harvard beat MIT for the second time this season and evened up the season series with Brown at 1-1. With the win over the Bears, the Crimson earned its eighth win over a ranked opponent in 2016. Freshman Austin Sechrest led Harvard with six goals over the weekend, including a career-high four scores against MIT.
The Crimson will honor seniors Joey Colton, Noah Harrison, Dan Stevens and Viktor Wrobel prior to the Princeton contest. The class of 2016 has been one of the most successful in Crimson history, becoming the first class to post at least 19 victories each season.
Northeast Water Polo Conference
This year marks the first for the Northeast Water Polo Conference after the CWPA realigned the teams and their divisions. The Northern Division is made up of Brown, Harvard, Iona, MIT, Princeton and St. Francis. Harvard, Brown and Princeton are all fighting for the top spot in the conference in preparation for the NWPC Championships on Nov. 18.
Harvard picked up a huge win over No. 12 Brown, using a late goal from Sechrest in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 8-8 and send it to an overtime period. Senior Dan Stevens took care of business for the Crimson in extra time, taking a pass from Sechrest and finishing from the two-meter line for the game-winning goal. Harvard moved to 2-0 in overtime games this season.
The Crimson has used a suffocating defense that has shut down opponents throughout the season. Harvard has held its opponents to single digits in each of its last five games, recording a 4-1 record during that span.
With the two victories last weekend, the Crimson recorded its third-straight 20+ win season, marking the first time in Harvard history that has been accomplished. Harvard has an overall record of 63-25 during that stretch.
Sophomore Anthony Ridgley was instrumental in Harvard success last weekend, recording two double-digit save performances against the Engineers and Brown. Ridgley now has eight games with at least ten saves this season and a total of 136 saves on the year.
Leading by Example
Seniors Joey Colton and Noah Harrison have continued to lead the Crimson all year. Harrison totaled five goals over the weekend, including a hat trick against MIT and a pair of scores in the win over Brown, while Colton tallied a team-high two assists against the Bears. Harrison has recorded 13 hat tricks this season and leads the team with 65 goals, while Colton has amassed at least two assists in 17 games this season for a team-leading 52 helpers.
Scouting St. Francis Brooklyn
No. 20 St. Francis Brooklyn enters the final weekend of its regular season with a 10-10 mark in 2016. The Terriers are 3-3 in conference action, including a 10-7 victory over Harvard in their first meeting. St. Francis has won three of its last four games, with the only loss coming against Princeton on Oct. 29.
The Tigers boast a 15-7 record, including a league-leading 6-1 mark in conference play. Princeton's only NWPC loss came against Harvard in a one-goal contest (8-7) on Oct. 2. The Tigers have won five of its last six games, including conference wins over Iona and St. Francis Brooklyn. Sophomore Matt Payne leads Princeton in scoring with 44 goals, while junior Vojislav Mitrovic has taken care of duties in net with 201 saves this season.
Iona has recorded a 9-16 overall record in 2016. The Gaels are 1-5 in NWPC play, with their lone victory coming against MIT on Oct. 1. Iona is coming off wins against Mercyhurst and Salem International after dropping its previous seven contests. Juniors Zach Roper and Marc Stauble have paced the Gaels offense, ranking first and second in goals and assists, respectively. Roper has 51 goals and 25 assists, while Stauble has scored 41 goals and added 14 assists.
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