CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team will head to the Garden State this weekend (Sept. 7-9) for four games at the Princeton Invitational. The Crimson takes on No. 3 California, No. 12 Princeton, Cal Lutheran and Johns Hopkins.
Schedule of Events
The Crimson plays four games in three days in New Jersey beginning with an opening round match against Cal Lutheran Friday night at 7:45 p.m. It will be a Saturday doubleheader for Harvard with games against Princeton at 3 p.m. and California at 8 p.m. The team then concludes the tournament Sunday at 8 a.m. against Johns Hopkins.
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Watch It Live
Fans can watch the Crimson take on Princeton in Saturday's match via live video stream off the Princeton website. Click here for more information about the stream.
The Crimson returns to the Princeton Invitational for the fourth straight season. Harvard is 4-7 at the tournament during that span, including a 2-2 mark in last year's event.
Last Time Out
The Crimson went 2-1 at the Labor Day Invite last Saturday (Sept. 1). Harvard knocked off Diablo Valley College, 14-12, and Yale, 12-5, but fell to host MIT, 19-7, in a tripleheader.
Freshmen Lead The Way
After the opening weekend of the season, a pair of freshman are leading the Crimson in goals scored. Noah Harrison and Blake Lee both scored six goals in three games last Saturday (Sept. 1) at the Labor Day Invite. Harrison had two goals in each of the games, while Lee began his college career with a hat trick against Diablo Valley College. Harrison also leads the team in steals with five, while Lee, fellow freshman Colin Woolway and sophomore Evan Ramsey are tied for the team assist lead with three apiece.
After scoring six goals and making five steals in three games at the Zesiger Center, freshman Noah Harrison was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division Rookie of the Week. It is the first such award for him and the Crimson this season after receiving 12 a year ago.
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O Captains! My Captains!
The men's water polo team has elected two captains for the upcoming season. Senior Max Eliot and junior Will Roller have been selected to lead the Crimson in 2012. Eliot topped the offense last season with 44 goals and three assists, while Roller was a force on both sides of the ball with 18 goals, 22 assists and 28 steals.
Third Times a Charm
Ted Minnis returns for his third season as the head coach of both the Harvard men's and women's water polo teams. He'll be joined on the bench by Jessi Wood and Kristin Stanford. The Crimson have shown improvement in each of their first two seasons under Minnis and are now looking to take the next step after reaching the CWPA Eastern Championships for the first time since 2007 last year.
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The Kingsmen enter the 2012 season with high expectations, beginning the year ranked fifth by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) in Division III. Defense figures to be the team's strong suit with 2011 All-America honorable mention goalkeeper Danny Mock between the pipes for his senior campaign after making 189 saves last year. Dejan Novakovic is the team's top returning with 33 last year for a team that went 15-11. Harvard prevailed in the only previous meeting between the two schools, 12-8, Sept. 5, 2010 at the MIT Invitational.
No. 13 Princeton
The Tigers are looking to defend their CWPA Eastern Title with a veteran-laden squad. 21 members are back from last year's team that finished third at the NCAA championships, including sophomore All-America Drew Hoffenberg, who topped the team with 47 goals and 36 assists as a freshman. Junior Ben Dearborn and freshman Alex Gow are expected to split time in goal for Princeton. Princeton leads the all-time series, 22-13, including a 13-2 win in last season's lone meeting.
No. 3 California
California enters 2012 on a mission after getting knocked out in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation semifinals and missing the NCAA Tournament despite posting a 22-4 record. The Golden Bears return three All-American selections from last year in second-team pick Justin Parsons (473 career saves) and honorable-mention choices Aleksa Saponjic (30 goals, 18 assists) and Collin Smith (26 goals, 22 assists). Saponjic also played in the 2012 Olympics and helped Serbia win a bronze medal. California holds a 5-0 series lead over Harvard with the last meeting held in 2007.
Like California, Johns Hopkins brings back three All-American players from last year as well as all but one player from the 2011 roster. Seniors Alex Whittam and Ross Schofield both tallied 72 goals last year to earn first team honors, while sophomore goalkeeper Danny Ovelar was an honorable mention pick after stopping 278 shots and making 81 steals. Harvard trails the all-time series 4-7 and dropped the most recent meeting, 14-6, last year.