Men's Water Polo Splits Final Two Games at CWPA Championships
Zepfel finished the weekend with four goals and one steal (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 17 men's Harvard water polo team split its last two games at the Collegiate Water Polo Association event. The Crimson defeated MIT, 8-6, Saturday afternoon before returning to the pool to drop a, 15-9, decision to Brown on the final day.
Harvard finished sixth out of 12 teams, marking the best team finish since 2007.Ben Zepfel was named to the Men's Eastern All-Tournament second team.
On Saturday, Harvard defeated MIT behind Viktor Wroble's hat trick and a two-goal effort by Noah Harrison and Joey Colton. Zepfel added a score for the Crimson. Dan Stevens (three steals), Harrison (two steals), and Woolway (11 saves) anchored the defense.
Colton and Wrobel led the offense in the opening frame as both squads found the back of the net twice. MIT got the scoring started in the second to take a two goal lead before Wrobel registered a goal. MIT answered with 13 seconds remaining to take a two goal advantage heading into intermission.
Harvard rallied in the third to win the stanza, 2-0. Harrison and Zepfel both found the back of the net to knot the score at five with eight minutes to go. Harrison and Wrobel opened the scoring in the fourth before Colton added a goal with 2:06 remaining to secure the win.
In the final game of the weekend, Harvard took on Northern Division rival Brown in the fifth place game. Harvard maintained pace with Brown through the first two stanzas before Brown pulled away outscoring the Crimson, 5-3 in the final two frames.
Wrobel, Harrison, Colton and John Holland-McCowan each tallied a score for the Crimson in the first eight minutes. Brown opened the scoring in the next frame before Blake Lee responded to knot the score at five.
Wrobel scored his second of the day to give the Bears a two goal lead heading into intermission. Brown outscored Harvard, 3-1 in third as Zepfel tallied the lone goal for the Crimson. In the final frame, Zepfel and Colton recorded two goals for Harvard.
Harvard 8, MIT 6
Harvard 9, Brown 15