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Men's Water Polo Earns Split in Final Day of Claremont Convergence Tournament

The Harvard men's water polo team continues its five-game California road trip Sunday at No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Crimson set a season-high in goals with 21 in winning its opener over Caltech Saturday, then took a tough loss in tournament host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' home pool, 13-6, to split its final games of the Claremont Convergence Tournament in Claremont, Calif.

Harvard (6-10, 0-2 Collegiate Water Polo Association) finishes the 2010 Claremont Convergence Tournament with a 2-2 mark. It is the first time the Crimson has won more than one game in California since 2004.

The Beavers (0-10) gave up 20 or more goals for the sixth time this season as Harvard ran away with the 21-2 win. Sophomore Antone Martinho led the team with a career-high five goals. Junior Mike Katzer added four scores while senior Alex Thompson led the team in assists with five.

It was a tough third period that got Harvard in the end against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a 13-6 loss. The Stags outscored the Crimson 5-1 in the period to pull away. Freshman Neal O'Hara and Katzer had two goals each to lead Harvard in scoring, while junior co-captain Luka Babic notched three helpers.

Harvard is back in the pool Sunday in Santa Barbara, Calif., this time against No. 5 UC Santa Barbara, with the game starting at 1 p.m.

vs. Caltech

Goals   No.
Martinho   5
Katzer   4
Babic   2
DiSilvestro   2
Voith   2
Clement   1
Eliot   1
Lee   1
O'Hara   1
Thompson   1
Zepfel   1
     
Assists   No.
Thompson   5
Babic   3
DiSilvestro   3
O'Hara   2
Voith   2
     
Steals   No.
Zepfel   3
Clement   2
Martinho   2
O'Hara   2
Babic   1
DiSilvestro   1
Katzer   1
Lee   1
Thompson   1
Voith   1
     
Saves   No.
Field   10
Popp   2

vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Goals   No.
Katzer   2
O'Hara   2
Clement   1
Thompson   1
     
Assists   No.
Babic   3
Thompson   1
     
Steals   No.
Voith   2
Babic   1
Zepfel   1
     
Saves   No.
Popp   12