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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Coming off a trip to the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Championship title game last season at home in Blodgett Pool, Harvard University men’s water polo is set to make another run at the league championship in 2024.

The Crimson return to the pool on September 8 as part of the Brown University Bruno Classic to kick off a 31-game schedule during the 2024 season .

Harvard will host two tournaments at Blodgett Pool while also making trips west to Colorado and California before finishing the year with the NWPC Championship at defending league champion Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

Returning key players James Rozolis-Hill, Owen Hale and Jack Burghardt as the trio will aim to lead the Crimson to the program’s 10th consecutive 20+ win season.

Set to play four games during the opening weekend, Harvard will face Wagner College and California Baptist University on September 7 before closing the tournament with University of the Pacific and Fordham University (exhibition) on September 8. The Crimson boast a 6-2 record at the Bruno Classic over the last two seasons including wins over Fordham, Cal Baptist, and Wagner since 2022.

Hitting the road for the first time in 2024, Harvard will travel to DeNunzio Pool for the Princeton Invite with opponents on September 14 yet to be determined. The Crimson will then rumble to the Bronx for a matchup against reigning Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Champion Fordham on September 15.

Harvard goes west for the first time in 2024 as it heads to Colorado for the United States Air Force Academy Invitational from September 21-22, with opponents and times yet to be determined. Having only played seven games since 1988 against the Falcons, the Crimson will look to stretch its win streak to four straight games as it makes the program’s first trip to Colorado Springs since 1995.

After a week off, Harvard commences NWPC play with a doubleheader at Long Island University and Iona University on October 5 before a rematch of last season’s NWPC Championship game at Princeton on October 6.

Returning to Blodgett for the first time since the opening weekend, the Crimson hosts Brown and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on October 12 and 13, respectively, in a pair of league games before heading back to Cambridge for the Harvard Invitational on October 19-20.  Opponents for the Harvard Invite are yet to be determined.

Entering the home stretch of the 2024 campaign, Harvard will head west one more time for the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament on October 25-27.  The Crimson open the trip against Cal Baptist on October 25 before a doubleheader versus hosts Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific on October 26. The West Coast swing comes to an end on October 27 against San Jose State University.

Returning to the East Coast, Harvard will play conference road games at MIT and Brown on November 2 and 3, respectively, before finishing the regular season with a trio of home games in Blodgett Pool against Long Island (November 9), Princeton (November 9) and Iona (November 10). 

The NWPC Championship will occur on November 22-24 at Princeton as the Crimson will aim to capture the crown and punch the program’s ticket back to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.

Information courtesy Harvard University Athletics Communications

Collegiate Water Polo Association