Noah Harrison scored five goals to pace the Crimson offensive attack (Photo courtesy: Justine Agaloos).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 1 Bucknell Bison closed the game on a 6-2 run to slip past No. 4 Harvard, 15-13, in the opening round of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Division Championship.
The Crimson had stormed out of the gates after halftime, scoring the first four goals after the intermission to turn a two-goal deficit into an identical advantage with 4:32 left in the third period; however, the Bison closed the period on a 3-0 run to take a one-goal lead into the fourth.
In the fourth, John Holland-McCowan tied the game with 5:35 left to play. Bucknell pushed the advantage back to two with under a minute remaining before Will Roller struck for the second time to halve the margin at 14-13 with 41 seconds left, but Bucknell was able to extend the lead back to two and run out the clock to slip away with the victory.
Noah Harrison anchored the Harvard attack with five goals. Roller,Ben Zepfel and Holland-McCowan all had two goals apiece, while Max Murphy and Robbie Fluegge both had single tallies to round out the scoring.
Bucknell began the game on tear, netting the first four goals of the game to take a commanding early lead. The Crimson responded by scoring four of the final six goals of the opening frame to cut into the Bucknell advantage, trailing by just two after the first eight minutes.
In the second quarter, the teams went back-and-forth, finishing with three goals apiece to enter the break with Bucknell holding a 9-7 lead and set up the frantic second half.
Harvard returns to action Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against CWPA Northern Division and Ivy League rival Brown.