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Men's Water Polo Edges MIT, 13-12

Ben Zepfel had four goals and four steals to lead Harvard past MIT Friday night (Photo courtesy: Justine Agaloos).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team used a balanced scoring attack to hold off MIT, 13-12, and win its CWPA Northern Division opener at the Zesiger Center Friday night.

Ben Zepfel led the way with four goals for the Crimson (6-5), while Will Roller, John Holland-McCowan, Blake Lee and Noah Harrison all had two goals apiece. Roller and Lee both contributed four assists, as well.

After playing to a 7-7 tie at halftime, the Crimson stormed out of the break and outscored the Enginners 4-1 in the third period to take a three-goal lead.

MIT attempted to rally in the final period with four goals; however, Harvard added two of its own to hold on for the one-goal win.

On defense, Zepfel had a career-high four steals, and Lee made two. Jimmy Field (six saves) and Colin Woolway (one save) split time in goal.

The Crimson will play a doubleheader Saturday at Blodgett Pool with games at 1 p.m. against Fordham and 9 p.m. against Iona.

Stats

Goals
Roller 2
Zepfel 4
Holland-McCowan 2
Lee 2
Rule
Harrison 2

Assists
Roller 4
Zepfel
Eliot
Lee 4
Rule

Steals
Roller
Fluegge
Zepfel 4
Eliot
Holland-McCowan
Lee 2
Harrison

Saves
Woolway 1
Field 6