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Harvard Finishes Fifth at Northerns with Victory Over Iona

Senior Jeff Lee scored twice and grabbed three steals Sunday in his final game wearing a cap for the Crimson (photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team could do no wrong Sunday in wrapping up its 2010 campaign in style, jumping out ahead of Iona 6-1 at halftime and holding on for a 7-6 win to finish fifth at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championship hosted by MIT.

The Crimson's three seniors, Jeff Lee, Alex Thompson and co-captain Bret Voith, all scored Sunday against the Gaels (6-18) in their final game playing for Harvard (12-16). Lee had two goals while Voith and Thompson had one each. Thompson also logged an assist and a steal. Lee had three steals of his own, and Voith had three helpers and four takeaways to round out a grand weekend in which he had nine goals, six assists and seven steals, leading Harvard to a successful 2-1 weekend.

"I'm just real proud for the seniors," said head coach Ted Minnis. "We didn't achieve our goal of getting to Easterns, but the seniors can be real proud of being a part of this program. They were great leaders all year long on the scoresheet and in the pool and out of the pool."

Against Iona Sunday, Harvard was shut out in the fourth period, but junior Kevin DiSilvestro's lone goal in the third frame was all the Crimson would need as junior goalie Alexandre Popp made 11 saves and the team earned the one-goal victory.

The Harvard men's water polo team finishes 2010 with a 12-16 overall record, the most wins for the program since 2007, and matches its fifth-place finish at the CWPA Northern Division Championship from a year ago.

vs. Iona

Goals   No.
DiSilvestro   2
Lee   2
Katzer   1
Thompson   1
Voith   1
     
Assists   No.
Popp   3
Voith   2
Eliot   1
Thompson   1
Zepfel   1
     
Steals   No.
Voith   4
Lee   3
Babic   2
DiSilvestro   1
Popp   1
Thompson   1
     
Saves   No.
Popp   11