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No. 17 Men’s Water Polo Falls to No. 18 St. Francis in CWPA Northern Championship Game

Woolway tallied six saves against St. Francis (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 17 men's water polo team fell to No. 18 St. Francis, 12-4, in the Collegiate Water Polo Northern Division Championship Sunday afternoon at Blodgett Pool. 

Harvard finishes in second place for the first time under head coach Ted Minnis and the second time in program history. The Crimson earned an automatic berth to the CWPA Championships for the third consecutive season. 

The first half proved to be a defensive battle.  With 1:10 remaining in the first quarter, 
Noah Harrison passed the ball across the front of the goal to Ben Zepfel who buried it in the left corner to put the Crimson on the scoreboard. St. Francis scored the lone goal of the second frame to knot the score at one.

The Terriers gained momentum in the third frame outscoring the Crimson, 6-2. St. Francis opened scoring with two goals in the first 58 seconds of the frame to extend its lead to two before Dan Stevens found the back of the net with six minutes to go. St. Francis responded with a goal and 
Viktor Wrobel fired a shot past St. Francis's goalie, Igor Mladenvoic to make it a three-goal game.

The fourth quarter was no different as the Terriers won by a margin of 5-1. Harrison registered the lone goal for the Crimson just 48 seconds into the final eight minutes.

William Roller
Joey Colton and Harrison each tallied an assist while Stevens and Colton contributed four thefts. Colin Woolway recorded six saves in between the pipes.

Harvard will return to action in two weeks as the three seed at the CWPA Championships.

Harvard, 4 St. Francis 12

Goals
Zepfel
Harrison
Stevens
Wrobel

Assists
Roller
Colton
Harrison

Steals
Stevens, 4
Colton, 4
Novis
Wrobel
Roller

Saves
Woolway, 6
Field, 0