ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

No. 19 Men's Water Polo Downs No. 11 UC Davis, Fresno Pacific

Colton wrapped up the Rodeo Tournament with six goals, five assists and five steals as the Crimson went 2-0 on day three. (Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot)

Santa Clara, Calif. – The 19th-ranked Harvard men's water polo team took to the pool on day three of the Rodeo Tournament in style, knocking off No. 11 UC Davis, 14-11, before edging Fresno Pacific, 7-6, on Sunday.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first game, Blake Lee got the Crimson on the board at the 3:29 mark, but the Aggies pulled away, winning the frame, 4-2. Harvard rallied with tight, 4-3 decisions in the second and third games, however. After some back-and-forth play to start the second stanza, the Crimson used a pair of scores from Roller and one each from Noah Harrison and Robbie Fluegge to claw its way back.

In the third game against Davis, Lee and John Holland-McCowan earned back-to-back goals to give Harvard the overall lead at 10-9. The Aggies would net goals to eventually tie the contest at 11-11 as the fourth game rolled around, but Colton's two tallies, along with two more from Harrison, along with stingy defense from Harvard, gave the Crimson the fourth game, 4-1, and the overall win, 14-11, over the 11th-ranked team in the country.

In the afternoon cap, the Crimson started much stronger against Fresno Pacific, jumping out to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Lee, Ben Zepfel and Joey Colton. After Harvard secured the first game, 4-1, Colton tallied game two's only strike to give the dark caps a 1-0 game win and a 5-1 advantage.

The Sunbirds rallied in the third game, however. FPU racked up a 4-2 win, even after Fluegge gave Harvard a 1-0 lead early. Colton made sure Harvard came away with its seventh point in the last three minutes of the third, which proved drastic.

The Sunbirds claimed game No. 4 with a lone tally at the 2:30 mark to bring Fresno Pacific within one at 7-6. But the Crimson held on to win by the same margin to improve to 2-0 on the final day of the Rodeo Tournament.

The Crimson wraps up the regular season next weekend, hosting St. Francis (N.Y.) and Iona at noon and 5p.m., respectively, on Nov. 2 and Fordham at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 3.

 

Harvard 14, UC Davis 11

Goals
Harrison, 4
Lee, 3
Colton, 3
Roller
Fluegge
Zepfel
Holland

Assists
Roller, 2
Colton, 2
Fluegge
Lee
Murphy

Steals
Harrison, 2
Colton, 2
Roller
Fluegge
Stevens
Lee

Saves
Woolway, 5

Harvard 7, Fresno Pacific 6

Goals
Colton, 3
Zepfel, 2
Lee
Harrison

Assists
Colton, 3
Wrobel

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

Saves
Field, 7
Woolway, 2