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Harvard Closes Out Regular Season with Two Home Games

Pictured: Senior Dan Furman and the Crimson are 2-2 at home this fall.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography

CWPA Northern Division Standings

Harvard hosts Fordham and St. Francis (N.Y.) in crucial games this weekend, as the Crimson takes on the Rams Saturday and the Terriers Sunday. Harvard boasts a 5-14 overall record and 3-2 record in Northern Division contests, while Fordham is 2-1 in the conference and 9-12 overall. St. Francis enters the weekend with a 9-3 overall mark.

About Harvard:
The Crimson is looking to rebound after dropping two Northern Division matches last weekend. Harvard is lead by senior co-captain Egen Atkinson with 26 goals to his credit. Junior Alex Thompson is second on the team in scoring with 19 goals. Harvard closes out the regular season this weekend, before competing in postseason action as the team hosts the Northern Division Championships Nov. 7-8.

About Fordham:
The Rams find themselves in the middle of the pack in the Northern Divison with two wins for four points which ties them with M.I.T. Fordham narrowly edged out Queens (N.Y.) for an 11-10 victory Oct 14. Ryan Hultman led the Rams in scoring against the Knights with nine goals. Fordham has beaten Harvard twice this season, at the Princeton Invitational and the ECAC Championships.

About St. Francis (N.Y.):
The No. 19 Terriers are riding a six-game winning streak entering the weekend. St. Francis has only dropped games to Air Force, Cal Baptist and Pacific this season. Following the loses to Air Force and Cal Baptist, the Terriers turned around and defeated them. Recently, St. Francis downed Queens (N.Y.) by an overwhelming score of 22-8.

Honoring the Seniors:
Four Crimson players will don the Harvard headgear in regular season play for the last time in their careers this weekend. The Crimson will honor Egen Atkinson, Thomas Bailey, Nikhil Balaraman and Dan Furman this weekend as the program shows appreciation for their hard work and dedication to the program.

Up Next:
Harvard will host the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division Championships Nov. 7-8. Other squads competing at the Championships will be Brown, Iona, M.I.T., Fordham, Queens (N.Y.) and Connecticut College. Games begin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7 when the fourth and fifth seeded teams meet. Play resumes on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. The third place match is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. and the title match has a noon start time.