The Harvard men's water polo team has opened the season with a 4-5 record (Gil Talbot).
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Max Eliot scored seven times to lead the Harvard men's water polo team to a 1-2 record at the North-South tournament in Annapolis, Md. Sept. 17-18. The tournament featured matchups of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) North Division teams against CWPA South Division squads in 26 games over three days. The Crimson downed Mercyhurst, 17-8, but fell to Bucknell, 18-8, and Navy's 'B' team, 10-8.
In Harvard's tournament opener, Bucknell featured six players who scored multiple times as they blitzed to a 5-0 lead after one quarter and 9-3 at halftime. The Bison won its third consecutive game to start the season.
William Roller netted a hat trick for the Crimson and Kevin DiSilvestro and goalie Alexandre Popp added two assists apiece.
Harvard ended day one of the tournament with a split after a scoring outburst against Mercyhurst. Nine Crimson players scored in the win and five had multiple goals. Eliot found the back of the net four times and Popp added three assists to lead Harvard.
In the tournament finale, the Crimson could not overcome an early deficit against Navy's 'B' team. The Midshipmen jumped to leads of 2-0 after the first quarter, 3-2 at halftime and 7-5 going into the fourth quarter.
John Holland-McCowan had a hat trick against Navy to become the third player in three games to score at least three goals for the Crimson.
Harvard will continue its run of road matches with games at Iona and Fordham Sept. 24. The Crimson will have played its first 11 games away from home before opening at Blodgett with games against MIT Oct. 7 and Brown Oct. 8.