No. 11 Men’s Water Polo Defeats No. 10 Brown, Captures NWPC Crown

No. 11 Men’s Water Polo Defeats No. 10 Brown, Captures NWPC Crown

Senior Joey Colton tallied a season-high six assists and two goals against the Bears in the NWPC Championship (Paul Rutherford).

PRINCETON, N.J.
– No. 11 Harvard men's water polo captured the first-ever Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship with an 11-7 victory over No. 10 Brown at Denunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J. on Sunday afternoon.

Harvard moved to 25-6 on the year, matching the most wins in program history since the 2001 Crimson went 25-6.  The Crimson capped off a NWPC Championship tournament in which it defeated MIT, No. 12 Princeton and No. 10 Brown.

The Crimson led wire-to-wire, using a quick 3-0 start to distance itself from the Bears. Senior Joey Colton, along with juniors Harry Tafur and Colin Chiapello found the back of the net in the opening quarter.

Harvard continued to keep Brown at bay, taking a three-goal lead (7-4) into the half. Colton added his second tally of the game, while senior Noah Harrison and freshmen Austin Sechrest and Charlie Owens scored for the Crimson as well.

Brown struck first in the second half to get within two (7-5), but that was as close as the Bears would ever get. Two goals from Tafur and a score from sophomore Grayson Judge made it 10-6, and sophomore Nick Bunn added a goal late to secure the 11-7 victory.

Tafur recorded a hat trick, Colton paced the Crimson with a season-high six assists and Harrison led the defensive efforts with two steals and two field blocks. Sophomore goaltender Anthony Ridgley recorded six stops and three steals to go along with an assist.

Harvard clinched one of seven spots in the 2016 NCAA Championships with the win.