November 5, 2011

Harvard University Stops MIT 11-10 OT in First Round & Falls to No. 17 Brown University 18-9 in Northern Division Championship Semifinal

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard University men's water polo team dropped an 18-9 decision to No. 17-ranked Brown University moving the Crimson to tomorrow's third-place game at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championship hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Earlier, the Crimson beat the host Engineers of MIT, 11-10 in overtime, to advance to the semifinal with Brown. Harvard has already secured a spot at the CWPA Eastern Championship on November 18-20 at home in Blodgett Pool because the Crimson will finish in no worse than fourth place.

Max Murphy and Mike Katzer had their second multiple-goal games of the day as each netted two scores. Evan Zepfel also added two goals in the loss. 

Alexandre Popp, who made 13 saves in Harvard first round win over MIT, had another 13-save performance. Popp also contributed two assists in the nightcap.

Harvard will meet No. 4 seed Iona  College in the tournament's third-place game tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. The Gaels downed the Crimson, 13-4, on September 24 in the teams' lone meeting this season.

Release courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications


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