CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Fordham University water polo team opened the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championship with a bang, as Jake Bakas scored a career-high four goals, leading Fordham to an 8-5 win over Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts a tthe Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The win advanced Fordham into the Northern Division semifinals against 14th-ranked St. Francis College, but the Rams were unable to hold off the Terriers, falling by an 11-7 count.
The win over Harvard earlier in the day clinched a spot at the Eastern Championship for the Rams for the second straight season.
Against Harvard with the score tied after one period, the Rams pulled out to a 4-2 lead by halftime over the Crimson, and extended the lead to three, 6-3, after three periods, a lead the Rams would not relinquish.
Besides Bakas' career day, Ali Arat netted two goals with Ryan Hultman and Daniel Muñoz having one each. In net, Christian Flessner posted 11 saves in the victory.
In the semifinals, the Rams were unable to hold off a fourth quarter surge by 14th-ranked St. Francis (NY), as the Terriers advanced to the Northern Division Championship game with an 11-7 win.
St. Francis opened with a 4-2 lead but Fordham stormed back to knot the game at six by halftime. In the third quarter, Fordham netted the only goal to take a 7-6 lead into the final period. The Terriers however netted five unanswered goals to win the match, 11-7.
For Fordham, Alex Powell and Muñoz each had two goals to lead the attack, while Arat, Hultman, and Victor Bautista Medina each had one marker. In goal, Flessner made six saves.
The Rams will play their final game of the Northern Division Championship on Sunday, November 7th, as they meet the loser of the Brown University-MIT game at 1:00 PM in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Release courtesy Fordham Athletic Communications