No. 13 Harvard Rallies in the Fourth to Defeat Water Polo, 13-9, on Senior Day

No. 13 Harvard Rallies in the Fourth to Defeat Water Polo, 13-9, on Senior Day

THE BASICS:

Scores: No. 13 Harvard University 13, MIT 9

Records: MIT (9-11, 2-8 NWPC); No. 13 Harvard University (21-6, 9-1 NWPC)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center)

The Lead: With the score knotted at 9-9 after three quarters, Harvard outscored MIT, 4-0, in the final period to defeat the Engineers on Senior Day by a 13-9 final.

Prior to the match, the Engineers honored their three seniors Lucas Novak (Palo Alto, Calif.)Peter Calvaresi (Malvern, Pa.) and Kevin Shen (Newbury Park, Calif.) for their contributions to the MIT water polo program.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Harvard struck with the game's opening goal 5:02 into the first quarter and from that point on both teams traded goals until there was 54 seconds remaining in the second. Junior Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii) gave MIT its first lead of the match at 6-5 prior to halftime.

- MIT freshman Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) extended the Engineers lead to its largest of the match at 7-5 with five seconds to play in the second quarter. 

- In the third, Harvard scored three times and MIT scored twice on goals from freshman John Steele (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and classmate Kyle Sandell (Mountain View, Calif.) which brought the score to 9-9 heading into the final eight minutes.

- Harvard scored four times in the fourth to come away with the 13-9 conference win at MIT.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:


- Sandell notched a hat trick for the Engineers this afternoon to pace the MIT offense. Steel added a pair of goal to the effort, while Weldon and Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.) both notched two assists. Defensively, Weldon and Sandell tallied two steals apiece.

- MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made six saves and stole the ball three times in the loss. 

- Both teams registered 33 shots, while Harvard went 4-for-9 on the powerplay and MIT went 1-for-5. 

- Coming into today's match, MIT was ranked fifth in the CWPA Division III poll, while Harvard was ranked 13th in the National Poll.

UP NEXT:

- MIT has earned the fifth-seed in the upcoming Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Tournament which will be held at Brown beginning on Friday, November 16. MIT will play the fourth-seed which will be either Princeton or Brown at 4:00 pm that day.

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