Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.
Two tournaments and five games at Blodgett Pool highlight the Harvard men’s water polo team’s 2011 schedule. The Crimson will begin the season traveling to tournaments throughout the East Coast before diving into the conference and championship season in October. Harvard will host the Ivy League Championships and the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championships this fall.
“I am looking forward to the upcoming season,” head coach Ted Minnis said. “We have made a few tweaks in the schedule to face some new and challenge competition. I can’t wait to see what the guys will do in the pool this fall.”
Harvard opens the season down the road at the MIT Invitational Sept. 3-4. The Crimson will face the host Engineers on the first day of the meet. The following weekend, the Crimson travels to Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton Invitational to take on the Tigers, Fordham, George Washington and Johns Hopkins. At the North v. South event at Navy, the Crimson is set to play, Bucknell, Gannon and the Midshipmen.
The Crimson closes out its road trek at Fordham and Iona Sept. 24 before kicking off a five game homestand Oct. 7 against MIT. Harvard will also play against Brown, St. Francis (N.Y.), Connecticut College and Mercyhurst from Oct. 8-16.
The Crimson will use the Santa Clara Tournament Oct. 21-23 and the Ivy League Championships Oct. 29-30 to gear up for the CWPA Northern Championships at MIT and the CWPA Eastern Championships at Blodgett Pool. National powerhouses Stanford and Pepperdine will be on the docket out on the west coast along with the host Broncos. The three varsity Ivy League teams will face club teams from the five remaining Ancient Eight school in the second annual league championships. The top four finishers at Northerns will advance to the Eastern Championships the following week.