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Men's Water Polo Heads to Brown for CWPA Matchup

The men's water polo team looks to improve upon a 6-1 record in conference play (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Undefeated over its last five games, the No. 17 Harvard men's water polo team heads to rival Brown for a Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division matchup Friday night.

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Last Time Out
Harvard downed Connecticut College for the second time this season, 16-5, last Saturday to improve to 8-8 overall and 6-1 in conference play. Viktor Wrobel led the way burying six goals and contributing a steal. Evan Ramsey and Joey Colton added two apiece while Christopher Miao, John Holland-McCowan, Austen Novis, Dan Stevens, Blake Lee and Jimmy Field each found the back of the net once. The Crimson remains undefeated all-time against Connecticut College with a 20-0 series record.

Related Link: Wrobel Propels Men's Water Polo Past Connecticut College, 16-5

National Ranking
Harvard currently sits at No. 17 in the CWPA national rankings.  The Crimson, which hasn't been ranked since the 2002 season, first breached the poll during the Week of Oct. 2 landing tied at No. 19. The best rank in program history is No. 15 during the week of Oct. 9, 2002.

Defense Wins Championships
During Harvard's current five-game win streak, the Crimson have outscored opponents, 65-34, and allowed an average of 6.8 goals during the span. Defense has been the key during the stretch as the team has recorded 65 steals, an average of 13 per game, and 37 saves, an average of 7.4 per game. 

Underclassmen Leading the Way
Harvard's underclassmen have been a vital part of the team's success in 2013. The group has accounted for 85.8 percent of goals (152/177), 91.6 percent of assists (103/112), 83.7 percent of steals (160/191) and 76.7 percent of saves (99/129). Sophomore Noah Harrison paces the offense with 32 goals while classmate Ben Zepfel has contributed 25 goals and freshman Wrobel has added 23. Lee is ranked first with 27 assists followed by Colton (23 assists) and Harrison (18 assists).

Racking Up the Awards
The Crimson has won seven CWPA weekly awards this season and had eight players on the weekly honor roll. Colin Woolway leads the way with three individual honors, winning Defensive Player of the Week Sept 16, Sept. 23 and Sept. 30. Noah Harrison has been tabbed Player of the Week twice Sept. 23 and Sept. 30. Joey Colton and Viktor Wrobel have each picked up Rookie of the Week accolades. Colton won the award Sept. 9 and Wrobel brought the honor to Cambridge Sept. 30.

Related Link: Harvard Men's Water Polo Sweeps CWPA Weekly Awards

All-Time Against Brown
In a series that began in 1980, Harvard trails Brown, 21-81.  The two programs last met in Cambridge Sept. 28 when the Crimson edged the Bears, 6-5, and snapped a 15-game losing streaking that dated back to 2006. This is the third time the two programs have met in 2013.

Scouting Brown (10-8, 5-4 CWPA North)
Brown entered the match looking to snap a two-game losing streak after falling to MIT, 15-13, and No. 16 St. Francis, 10-9, in a pair of CWPA Northern Division contests. The Bears have eight different athletes that have tallied double figures in scoring with Henry Fox (41 goals), Warren Smith (30 goals) and Will Klein (24 goals) as the top three offensives forces. Nick Deavers (30 steals) and Grant Villeneuve (25 steals) have anchored the defense while Walker Shockley has registered 98 saves in goal.

Up Next
Harvard continues the season with another CWPA Northern Division conference bout at fellow Cambridge rival MIT on Oct. 16.