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Harvard Men’s Water Polo Kicks Off Conference Play with Three Games This Weekend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team hits the road for a three-game swing against Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division rivals Fordham, Iona and St. Francis (N.Y.) this week.

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Schedule of Events:
Harvard squares off against Fordham at 2 p.m. before heading down the road to take on Iona at 7 p.m.  The Crimson will play St. Francis for the second time this season on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.

About Harvard
Last season, Harvard went 4-2 in conference play, losing only to Brown and St. Francis. The Crimson placed third in the CWPA Northern Division Championship before advancing to the Eastern Division Championships and placing seventh for the second consecutive season.

Last Time Out
The Crimson headed to the garden state for the Princeton Invitational last weekend.  The team came out strong defeating then ranked No. 17 Navy, 13-10 in the first match before dropping games to No. 13 Princeton, Johns Hopkins and George Washington.  Five Crimson paced the offense with two goals apiece while three others added one each in the team's second win of the season.

Weekly Accolades
Sophomore goaltender Colin Woolway was named the CWPA Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts at the Princeton Invitational.  The Pasadena, Calif., native registered eight saves as his team defeated then ranked No. 17 Navy. This is Woolway's first CWPA weekly award honor.  The sophomore leads the team with 57 saves in nine games.

Related Link: Woolway Named CWPA Defensive Player of the Week

Stats
The Crimson is led by a combination of veterans and freshman.  Sophomore Noah Harrison has a team-high 17 goals followed by classmate Ben Zepfel with 11. A trio of freshmen has also provided an offensive lift for Harvard as Dan Steven has tallied nine goals, Joey Colton eight and Viktor Wrobel seven. Blake Lee has handed out a team-high 19 assists. Defensively, Harrison leads the team with 23 steals followed by Colton (16) and Stevens (14) while Woolway has registered 57 saves.

Scouting Fordham
Fordham carries a 5-3 record into this weekend's match up while most recently dropping a 14-7 decision to No. 18 Bucknell at the Bison Invitation.   The Rams' are led by sophomore Patrick Lenihan who tallied eight goals, and three steals throughout the weekend.  Lenihan was named this week's CWPA Northern Division Player of the Week.

All-Time Against Fordham
This will be the 41st time Harvard and Fordham have squared off in program history with Harvard leading the series 26-14.  The Crimson looks to extend their two-game winning streak against Fordham to three this weekend.

Scouting Iona
Iona enters the week in search of its first win of the 2013 campaign.  The team kicked off its season at the Navy Open before heading to the Princeton Invitational where the Gaels were unable to muster a win.  

All-Time Against Iona
Harvard leads the all-time series against the Gaels 29-17.  The
Crimson have won the previous two contests.

Scouting St. Francis
No. 14 St. Francis owns a 5-3 overall record heading into the weekend after defeating Brown, 11-9, and Navy, 11-9.  The Terriers are also looking to extend a 21-game winning streak at the SFC Aquatics Center that dates back to the 2005 season. The Terriers offensive efforts are led by Bosko Stankovic who has a team-high 15 goals while goaltender Igor Mladenovic has stopped 59 shots in eight games.

All-Time Against St. Francis
St. Francis leads the all-time series against Harvard, 6-27. The Crimson have not defeated the Terriers since Oct. 19, 2002.  In the first meeting of the season, Harvard fell to St. Francis 10-7 at the Bruno Fall Classic on Sept. 7.  

Up Next
The Crimson continues CWPA league action on Sept. 28 for their home opener at Blodgett Pool against Connecticut College (12 p.m.) and Brown (9 p.m.).  Harvard will then square off against cross-town rival MIT on Sunday, Sept. 29 in Cambridge.