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Harvard Hits the Big Apple and Connecticut for CWPA Road Swing

Junior goalie Alexandre Popp (pictured) has made 153 saves in goal for the Crimson (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

The Crimson heads to New York City Saturday for a Collegiate Water Polo Association doubleheader against host No. 15 St. Francis (N.Y.) and a nightcap against Queens (N.Y.), then stops in Connecticut.

Schedule
Saturday

2:30 p.m.               at No. 15 St. Francis (N.Y.)
6 p.m.                     vs. Queens (N.Y.)

Sunday
Noon                      at Connecticut College

Voith Named CWPA Player of the Week
Senior co-captain Bret Voith totaled eight goals, seven assists and six steals during the Crimson's five-game road trip to garner CWPA Player of the Week honors. Voith was also named to the CWPA Honor Roll for CWPA Defensive Player of the Week behind Fordham's Christian Flessner.

Voith scored multiple goals in three of Harvard's five games, including three goals against No. 18 Pomona-Pitzer in the Sagehens' home pool. He notched three takeaways in Harvard's 12-8 win over Occidental College. It was Voith's second Player of the Week nod this season, having received Harvard's COOP Athlete of the Week for Sept. 14. The CWPA Player of the Week award is Harvard's second as a team in 2010. Senior Alex Thompson received the recognition Sept. 7 after leading the Crimson in scoring for two of its three games at the MIT Invitational.

Goal for Goal
This week Harvard's team scoring lead is shared by Voith and Jeff Lee. The seniors have matched each other score for score so far this season, totaling 27 goals each to lead an offense that has put up 209 total goals in 2010.

About Harvard
Harvard (6-12, 0-3 CWPA) took a tough, 12-9, loss to No. 20 Brown Thursday night at home on Senior Night. Seniors Thompson, Lee and Voith were all honored in a pregame ceremony before the final home game of their careers at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson made a valiant comeback effort after falling behind 5-0, pulling the score to as close as 6-5 Brown, but the Bears proved to be too much and pulled away for the three-goal victory.

Those three seniors, Thompson, Lee and co-captain Voith, lead the team in all major offensive categories. Lee and Voith both lead the team in scoring (27 goals each) with Thompson (23) not far behind. Thompson leads the team in steals (29) with Voith (24) at second on the team. Voith has accumulated the most assists on the team so far with 24.

About No. 15 St. Francis (N.Y.)
The Terriers (15-3, 4-0 CWPA) have won three in a row and returned last week from the prestigious SoCal Tournament in California having posted an even 2-2 mark there.

St. Francis previously defeated Harvard this season, 16-7, in the Crimson's season opener at the MIT Invitational on Sept. 4. The Terriers lead the all-time series 22-6 and have won 12 consecutive games against Harvard. The Crimson last won in 2002.

About Queens (N.Y.)
The Knights (6-6, 2-2 CWPA) are also on a short winning streak of their own with consecutive CWPA wins against Iona and Connecticut College, but they haven't played in more than two weeks. Queens (N.Y.) has been involved in its share of close games this season, posting a 4-2 record in games decided by two goals or less, including a 3-1 mark in one-goal contests.

It has been a very close all-time series between Harvard and Queens (N.Y.), with the Knights holding a slight edge at 15-14. The Crimson has been coming on strong though, having won eight straight matchups dating back to 2004, equaling the Knights for longest winning streak in the series.

About Connecticut College
The Camels (2-7, 0-5 CWPA) return to conference play after going 2-2 in California last week. Those two wins in California are their only two of the year, and they came against NCAA Division III opponents Caltech and University of La Verne. Connecticut College has allowed 18 or more goals in each of its five CWPA losses while getting outscored 100-18.

Harvard has never lost to the Camels since the series began in 2000, leading 14-0 all-time. The Crimson has scored 20 goals against Connecticut College in three of their last five matchups dating back to 2008.

Up Next
The week will be filled with CWPA matchups as the Crimson returns home for its final home game of 2010 Thursday to host No. 20 Brown in a CWPA Northern Division showdown against its Ivy League rival. The team will then head to New York City Oct. 16 for a CWPA doubleheader, first against host No. 14 St. Francis (N.Y.) and a nightcap against Queens (N.Y.). The following day, Oct. 17, Harvard heads to New London, Conn., to play Connecticut College.