CWPA All-Northern first teamer Zepfel led all scorers with six goals. (Zack Willamson)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 18 Harvard men's water polo team fell to No. 20 Navy, 15-10, in a CWPA Eastern Championship second round game in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Crimson offense wasted no time getting on the board, with Blake Lee finding the back of the net just 35 seconds in to the first quarter. Ben Zepfel scored the first of his game-high six goals a few minutes later to give Harvard a 2-0 lead. Navy responded with two unanswered goals of their own, but Zepfel scored again with second left in the period to give the Crimson a 3-2 lead after the first eight minutes of action.
The second quarter saw a blistering seven total goals. Navy went on a 4-0 run to start the second, jumping out to a 6-3 lead. The newly minted CWPA Northern Division Player of the Year, Joey Colton picked up his two goals in the second quarter, but Navy would also find the back of the net two more times. Heading into halftime the Midshipmen lead the Crimson, 8-5.
The defensive play picked up in the third period as each team could only score twice. Zepfel lead the way for Harvard in the quarter, firing in two more goals, but again Navy answered both, taking a 10-7 lead into the final frame.
Zepfel once again lead the way in the quarter picking up two of the Crimson's three goals. Unfortunately, the Midshipmen proved to be too strong for Harvard, taking the second round matchup 10-15.
The Crimson will be back in action tomorrow, Nov. 22 at 3:15 p.m. to take on Johns Hopkins. Follow all the action live here .