Santa Clara, Calif. – The No. 19 men's water polo team narrowly fell to No. 10 Concordia, 9-8, in its first game out west at The Rodeo tournament in Santa Clara Calif. Friday night.
The Crimson and the Eagles matched each other goal for goal in the opening stanza as both teams found the back of the net three times. Sophomore Ben Zepfel got the scoring started for Harvard when the sophomore found the back of the net with just over four minutes remaining in the first to even the score at one. Classmates Blake Lee and Noah Harrison each added a goal to knot the score at three heading into the second frame.
The Eagles scored twice in the second and were able to take the lead with defensive play that slowed the Crimson to one goal in frame. Harrison came up with the lone second period goal for Harvard as Concordia gained a slim one-goal advantage at intermission.
Concordia opened second half play with three goals to outscore the Crimson, 3-1, Harvard's lone goal coming from freshman Joey Colton. The Eagles led 8-5 heading in the final frame.
Dan Stevens and Colton each both buried a goal early in the fourth to put the Crimson back in contention. Andras Antal of Concordia responded registering his only goal of the game and the difference maker with 4:29 remaining to give his team a two-goal lead. With 29 seconds left on the clock, Colton recorded his second of the night to put the Crimson within one. The Eagles were able to hold on and secure a, 9-8, win.
The Crimson will face No. 16 Santa Clara at 12 p.m. EST before seeing No. 17 Cal Baptist at 5:20 p.m. EST.