CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A strong defensive effort and multiple goals from six players gave Harvard men's water polo squad a 16-6 win over Columbia's club team to claim third place at the Men's Ivy Championship Sunday. The Crimson finished third for the second time in the two-year history of the tournament.
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Harvard filled up the stat sheet on both ends of the pool this afternoon. The Crimson featured nine players that netted a goal for the second time in three games – including six that found the back of the net multiple times.
Freshman John Holland-McCowan led the team with three goals followed by two from Evan Zepfel, Mike Katzer, Evan Ramsey, Max Eliot and Luka Babic. It was the second time in as many days that Holland-McCowan converted three shots giving him three hat tricks this season.
Katzer gave the Crimson a boost on the offensive end this weekend. The senior, who entered with three multi-goal games in 2011, scored twice in all three of Harvard's Ivy Championship games.
Evan Ramsey (4 steals), Alexandre Popp (9 saves) and Jimmy Field (7 saves) propelled the Crimson defense in the matinee. Antone Martinho and William Roller added two steals apiece. Harvard finished with an impressive 13 steals during the contest.
The Ivy Championship rounded out the regular season schedule for the Crimson. Harvard will compete in the CWPA Northern Division Championship Nov. 5-6, where they will face Cambridge rival and tournament hosts MIT Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m.