The Crimson defeat the Colonials 14-13. (Zack Williamson)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its final game of the 2014 season, No. 18 Harvard men's water polo defeated George Washington Sunday morning in Annapolis, Maryland, at the CWPA Eastern Championships to take seventh place. CWPA All-Northern first team selection Ben Zepfel's five goals led the way for the Crimson.
Harvard came out firing, scoring four goals in the first period. Zepfel put three past the George Washington goalie with Blake Lee picking up one of his one in the quarter. The Colonials were able to draw two back before the end of the first eight minutes, sending the Crimson into the second quarter up 4-2.
Both teams traded goals in the second quarter, but George Washington was able to win the quarter, 4-3. Zepfel and Lee both scored in the quarter, with CWPA Northern Player of the Year Joey Colton finding the back of the net as well. Heading into halftime, The Crimson were ahead 7-6.
In the third both teams again traded goals, but this time Harvard would come out on top. Rookie of the Year Colin Chiapello starred in the third with two of the Crimson's three goals. Heading into the final quarter of 2014 Harvard held a slim 11-8 advantage.
The final frame of 2014 an amazing eight goals were scored. The Crimson came out fast with two unanswered goals but George Washington quickly responded with three of its own. In the third minute, Dan Stevens gave Harvard a 14-11 lead. With two minutes left in the game, the Colonials attempted to mount a late comeback with two goals but it was not enough as the Crimson would be victorious 14-13.
With the win, Harvard secured 7th place at the CWPA Eastern Championship and ends its season with a 22-10 overall record.