No. 8 Men’s Water Polo Opens Conference Play with Trio of Matches

Senior Joey Colton has helped guide the Crimson attack with a team-high 27 assists this season (Paul Rutherford).

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                             No. 8 Harvard vs. Iona
          Saturday, Oct. 1 - 10:00 a.m.
New Rochelle, N.Y.
Iona College
   Harvard leads, 33-19
 W, 19-9 (Nov. 1, 2015)
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       No. 8 Harvard vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)
Saturday, Oct. 1 - 5:00 p.m.
  Brooklyn, N.Y. / St. Francis Aquatic Center
St. Francis College Brooklyn
Harvard trails, 11-31
W, 13-8 (Nov. 7, 2015)
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         No. 8 Harvard vs. No. 14 Princeton
Sunday, Oct. 2 - 10:00 a.m.
Princeton, N.J. / Denunzio Pool
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Harvard trails, 14-27
L, 10-8 (Nov. 21, 2015)
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 8 Harvard men's water polo is set to open Northeast Water Polo Conference play with three road contests this upcoming weekend. The Crimson open with Iona and St. Francis Saturday before wrapping up against No. 14 Princeton on Sunday.

The Crimson are off to the best start in program history at 10-1 overall, and are currently riding an eight-game win streak dating back to Sept. 4.

Last Time Out
Harvard breezed through the Bison Invitational, finishing a perfect 4-0 at the tournament. The Crimson outscored its opponents by a combined total of 56-19, while never allowing more than six goals in a contest. Harvard defeated Wagner, Salem International, Navy and Washington & Jefferson during the weekend.

History in the Making
The Crimson has already made history as the highest-ranked team in Harvard history at No. 8 and by recording a 10-1 mark to start the season. Harvard can add to that list by defeating the current record of 10 consecutive wins that is held by the 2002 and 2015 Crimson squads.

Inaugural Conference Action
This year marks the first for the Northeast Water Polo Conference after the CWPA realigned the teams and their divisions. The Northern Division is made up of Brown, Harvard, Iona, MIT, Princeton and St. Francis.

Dominant Defense
Harvard has been superb on the defensive end, holding its opponents to six goals or less in the last five contests. Sophomore Anthony Ridgley and freshman Nikhil Suri have split the duties in net and provide two solid options for the Crimson between the pipes.

Hungry Harrison
Senior Noah Harrison has been the offensive spark for the Crimson, as he has scored in all eleven contests this season. The senior has notched seven hat tricks en route to a team-high 28 goals.

Captain Colton
Senior Joey Colton continues to lead by example with a Crimson-best 27 assists. Colton totaled 10 helpers during the Bison Invitational, and he has recorded nine games with multiple assists. He has also scored 14 goals, ranking third for Harvard.

Scouting Iona
Iona enters the matchup against the Crimson with a record of 5-5. The Gaels host Harvard for its first home game of the season and are coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Connecticut College Invitational after defeating Penn State Behrend and Connecticut College and falling to Cal Lutheran. Juniors Zach Roper and Marc Stauble lead Iona with 18 and 17 goals, respectively. Roper also leads the Gaels in assists with 15. Freshman goaltender Jorge Andres Torres has totaled 103 stops in nine appearances this season.

Scouting St. Francis
St. Francis currently boasts a 4-6 record, including earning a victory in three of its last four contests. The Terriers are coming off wins over Mercyhurst, Washington & Jefferson and Salem International at the Bison Invitational. St. Francis nearly defeated Wagner as well, ultimately falling 12-11 to the Seahawks. Freshman William Lapkin totaled two hat tricks over the weekend, while sophomore Botond Kadar posted a five-goal performance against Salem International.

Scouting Princeton
The Tigers, ranked No. 14 in the CWPA National Poll, are off to a 7-5 start in 2016 with four losses coming to teams ranked No. 11 or higher. Princeton finished 1-3 at the Mountain Pacific Invitational, taking down Whitter College while falling to No. 7 UC-Santa Barbara, No. 10 UC Davis and No. 18 Air Force. Princeton has five players with 20+ goals, led by freshman Sean Duncan and sophomore Matt Payne with 24, each. Sophomore Ryan Wilson has paced the Tiger offense with a team-high 27 assists, while junior Vojislav Mitrovic has taken care of the goaltending duties with 116 saves this season.

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