Senior Dan Stevens recorded two goals to go along with the game-tying assist in an 8-7 win over Princeton last weekend (Paul Rutherford).
No. 9 Harvard vs. No. 14 Brown
No. 8 Harvard vs. MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After playing on the road exclusively for over a month, No. 9 Harvard men's water polo is set to host Northeast Water Polo Conference opponents, No. 14 Brown and MIT, at Blodgett Pool on Saturday. The Crimson return home for the first time this season after posting a 12-2 mark away from Cambridge.
Last Time Out
The Crimson played three matches at three different schools last weekend, finishing 2-1 as it traveled around New York and New Jersey. Harvard began the road trip with a 16-10 win over Iona to extend its win streak to nine games. The Crimson were stopped short of the program record of 10-straight wins as No. 18 St. Francis Brooklyn handed Harvard a 10-7 defeat. Harvard bounced back in a big way, using a late-game comeback to take down No. 13 Princeton, 8-7. Junior Colin Chiapello finished off a pass from senior Dan Stevens to tie the game at 7-7 with just over two minutes remaining, before sophomore goaltender Anthony Ridgley found senior Noah Harrison streaking down the pool to set Harrison up for the game-winning score.
Harvard began the 2016 campaign with 14 consecutive road games, playing in four different states. It didn't seem to bother the Crimson at all, as it rolled to a 12-2 overall record, including 2-1 in conference play. Harvard won nine-straight matches from Sept. 4 – Oct. 1, and will look forward to returning to Blodgett Pool where the Crimson finished 5-2 a year ago.
Northeast Water Polo Conference
Harvard opened conference play last weekend against three of the five other teams in the NWPC, finishing 2-1. After this weekend, the Crimson will have played all five teams in the Northern division. This year marks the first for the conference after the CWPA realigned the teams and their divisions, grouping together Brown, Harvard, Iona, MIT, Princeton and St. Francis.
Harrison has been instrumental to the Crimson attack throughout the year, and it was no different last weekend. Harrison scored in all three games over the weekend, extending his scoring streak to 14-straight games. The senior scored a career-high eight goals against Iona and collected the game-winner in the matchup with Princeton. Harrison leads the Crimson with 38 goals.
The Crimson opened up the 2016 season with the best start in program history through 11 games with a 10-1 mark. Harvard also reached the highest ranking at No. 8 for any Crimson water polo squad.
No. 14 Brown enters the matchup against the Crimson with an overall record of 10-6. The Bears have won four of their last five contests, including conference victories over St. Francis Brooklyn and Iona. All of Brown's losses have come against teams that are ranked in the CWPA National Top 20 Poll, while the Bears earned victories over three teams that have appeared on the Poll throughout the season. In the recent wins over Iona and No. 18 St. Francis Brooklyn, Brown was led by senior Luke Irwin with four goals on the day, including the game-winning goal against the Terriers, and junior Tyler Kirchberg with five scores.
MIT is off to a 4-6 start in 2016, including a conference mark of 0-3. The Engineers fell against No. 18 St. Francis Brooklyn, Iona and No. 13 Princeton this past weekend. Earlier in the year, MIT picked up one-goal victories over Wagner and Johns Hopkins. Zach Churukian leads the Engineers with 18 goals and 13 assists, while Kelly McGee has led the defensive effort with 22 steals.
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