Junior Kevin DiSilvestro notched five scores Sunday against Brown (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – In the first-ever gathering of all eight Ivy League schools for a men's water polo championship, the Harvard men's water polo team posted two big wins over the weekend, including a 12-7 victory Sunday over long-time rival Yale, to finish third at the 2010 Ivy Championships hosted by Princeton.
Saturday the Crimson started the tournament off with a 22-5 drubbing of the club team from Cornell. The victory allowed Harvard to advance to Sunday morning's showdown against Brown for the second meeting between the two teams in just over two weeks.
Led by five goals from junior Kevin Disilvestro, the Crimson hung tough with the Bears, but playing without starters Mike Katzer, senior co-captain Bret Voith and junior goalie Alexandre Popp left Harvard short-handed, and the team would eventually fall to Brown for the second time this season, 15-7.
The defeat propelled the Crimson into the third-place game against rival Yale, who's club team fell to host No. 18 Princeton after defeating the club team from Columbia, 18-11, Saturday. The 12-7 Harvard win over the Bulldogs gave the Crimson a 2-1 weekend and the top-three finish at the championship.
"We didn't care, it was Harvard-Yale," said Harvard head coach Ted Minnis about the games against club teams not counting for regular season records. "That's all that mattered – it was Harvard-Yale."
The Harvard men's water polo team now prepares for the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championships Nov. 5-7 at MIT. The Crimson will only have to make a short trip across Cambridge to a place they've already played at twice this season in hopes to earn a berth at the CWPA Eastern Championships Nov. 19-21.