No. 18 Men's Water Polo Takes Down No. 16 St. Francis, Iona
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 18 Harvard men's water polo remained undefeated at Blodgett Pool as the Crimson downed Collegiate Water Polo Association rivals No. 16 St. Francis, 8-7, and Iona, 18-15, to improve to 10-1 in division play.
In the first game of the weekend, the Crimson was outscored the Terriers, 4-2 in the opening frame before coming back to limit the St. Francis to three goals across the remainder of the game.
Noah Harrison paced the offense with his ninth hat trick of the season, while rookie Dan Stevens found the back of the net twice. Ben Zepfel, Joey Colton and John Holland-McCowan each contributed a goal apiece to round out the scoring effort.
On the defensive end, the Crimson registered 12 steals with Harrison accounting for five. Colin Woolway made 10 stops in between the pipes for Harvard.
Behind a record-setting seven goals, Zepfel paced the Crimson offense to its second win of the day. The seven goals posted a new season and career high for Zepfel while also setting a new season game best.
Iona won the opening frame, 5-3, before the Crimson took the second, 6-4, to even the score at nine heading into half. Harvard started the second with six goals and kept Iona to four to take its first lead of the game, 15-13 heading into the final eight minutes. The Crimson found the back of the net three times to secure its fifth straight victory at Blodgett Pool.
Harrison netted six goals and Stevens found the back of three times as Blake Lee and Will Roller each added one apiece. Colton handed out a season best six assists. Harrison, Roller and Lee each recorded two steals and Woolway tallied nine saves.
The Crimson returns to Blodgett Pool tomorrow to honor its senior and take on Fordham at 11:30 a.m.