Field and Lee of Men's Water Polo Win CWPA Weekly Awards

Junior Jimmy Field earned his first CWPA award after his stellar performance in goal over the weekend (Photo courtesy: Justine Agaloos). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's water polo players Jimmy Field and Blake Lee were both honored by the Collegiate Water Polo Association Tuesday for their efforts this past weekend.

Field had 24 saves and one steal in just eight quarters of play to earn CWPA Northern Division Defensive  Player of the Week honors, while Lee was honored as the CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Week after contributing seven goals, eight assists and 12 steals in four games to help the Crimson extend its winning streak to six. 

Field made six stops in the weekend opener against MIT, a 13-12 win, to help the Crimson avenge a loss to the Engineers at the Labor Day Invite. The junior was even better in goal Saturday. He made seven saves and one steal in just two quarters of the team's 12-7 win over Fordham. In his final appearance of the weekend, the Hawaii native played the entire game against Iona, stopping 11 shots. He also nearly blanked the Gaels in the second half, going 15 minutes of play without giving up a goal before surrendering one in the final minute of an 11-3 victory.

Lee played a pivotal part in Harvard's win over MIT Friday night with two goals, four assists and two steals. The Bishop's School product delivered one goal, one assist and two steals against Fordham and two goals, one assist and four steals in the win over Iona Saturday. Lee saved his best for last as he had two goals, two assists and four steals in a win over Connecticut College, 14-9, Sunday.

Lee is the third different Harvard player to win Rookie of the Week this season, joining Noah Harrison (Sept. 3) and Ben Zepfel (Sept. 17), while Field is the first Crimson player to earn the Defensive Player of the Week nod.

The Crimson returns to action this weekend with four games at the Bison Invitational.