ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Men's Water Polo Splits on First Day of Conference Play

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team scored nine goals in the first half to take a commanding lead that they would never relinquish en route to a, 15-5, win over Fordham, before narrowly falling to Iona, 18-16, in double overtime.

The Crimson came out fasting, outscoring Iona, 9-1 in the first half. Dan Stevens and Ben Zepfel led the way with three goals apiece while Max Murphy, Noah Harrison and Will Roller each added two.

Colin Woolway, who was named CWPA Defensive Player of the Week, anchored the defense with six saves and two steals. Robbie Fluegge tallied a game-high four steals to help secure the win.

Harvard then headed to Iona for its second CWPA match of the weekend, but could not claim the win. The Gaels took a 5-2 advantage after the first.  Harvard chipped away at the deficit outscoring Iona, 4-2, in the second to narrow the gap.

The Crimson came out strong in the third outscoring Iona 6-5 to tie the game with one frame to go. Harvard and Iona were evenly matched in the fourth quarter as each team found the back of the net three times to force overtime.

In the first extra session, the Crimson found the back of the net as the Gaels quickly answered with a goal. The second extra session proved to be the difference as Iona outscored Harvard 2-0 to earn its first win of the 2013 season.

Zepfel paced the offense with four goals as Stevens and Joey Colton each contributed three goals.  Defensively, Woolway recorded 12 saves while Harrison had six steals.

The Crimson will visit St. Francis tomorrow at 11 a.m. for its final game of the weekend.

Harvard, 15 Fordham, 5
Goals
Stevens, 3
Zepfel, 3
Murphy, 2
Harrison, 2
Roller, 2
Fluegge
Lee
Novis

Assists
Colton, 3
Murphy, 2
Harrison, 2
Stevens
Wrobel
Fluegge
Roller

Steals
Fluegge, 4
Stevens, 3
Lee, 3
Woolway, 2
Holland-McCowan, 2
Harrison

Saves
Woolway, 6
 

Iona, 18 Harvard, 16
Goals
Zepfel, 4
Colton, 3
Stevens, 3
Lee, 3
Harrison, 2
Holland-McCowan

Assists
Harrison, 3
Colton, 3
Stevens

Steals
Harrison, 6
Zepfel, 3
Stevens, 2
Fluegge, 2
Lee, 2
Colton
Woolway

Saves
Woolway, 12