Harvard Falls to Fordham & Iona to Open Northern Division Play
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard University opened Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division play at home in Blodgett Pool as the Crimson fell behind early in a 13-5 loss to Fordham University and suffered a heartbreaking, four-overtime, 11-10, defeat at the hands of Iona College.
Harvard (3-8, 0-2 CWPA) allowed four early goals in its opener Saturday against Fordham (8-7, 2-1 CWPA) and played catch-up for the rest of the game before falling, 13-5. Senior co-captain Bret Voith had two goals, a steal and an assist in the game to lead Harvard. Junior co-captain Luka Babic added a score and a helper as well.
Harvard took on Iona (2-6, 1-1 CWPA) in its second game of the day and fought valiantly tooth-and-nail with the Gaels until the very end, falling, 11-10, to a sudden-death goal with a minute to go in the fourth overtime.
The Crimson was down 8-5 late in the third period before outscoring Iona, 4-1, in the fourth to tie the game at 9-9 and send it to overtime. Neither team scored in the first overtime. Junior goalie Alexandre Popp, who finished the Iona game with 21 total saves, scored a go-ahead goal in the second overtime from 30 meters away across the pool to give Harvard a 10-9 lead. Iona pulled even with a goal at 18 seconds to go and gave the Crimson one last shot to win it but it could not convert and the game went to sudden death.
"They played with heart," said Harvard head coach Ted Minnis. "They played for eight quarters and left it all in the pool. It was a well-played game by both teams."
Seniors Jeff Lee and Alex Thompson, along with junior Kevin DiSilvestro, all had two goals apiece for Harvard in the second game. DiSilvestro added three assists while Voith had three take-aways.
Release courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications