Men's Water Polo

Men’s Water Polo Sunk by Heartbreaking Final-Minute Loss in NWPC Semifinals

The Harvard men’s water polo team rode a five-game winning streak to Princeton, N.J., for the Northeast Water Polo Conference playoffs on Nov. 19-21. The No. 2 Crimson (26-6, 9-2 NWPC) entered the playoffs poised to make a run at defending its 2019 crown after it was stripped of that opportunity by the pandemic last fall.

The Run Is Over

Harvard's 2021 campaign came to an end in the NWPC Playoffs at the hands of St. Francis College Brooklyn in the semifinals and Brown in the third-place match.

Defense Wins Championships

The Harvard defense swarms a Wagner attacker in a matchup earlier this season.

Men’s Water Polo Tallies Three More Wins in California, Jumps to No. 11

The men’s water polo team continued its successful season Oct. 22-24 at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament, bringing its win-loss total to 20-3.

Nothing But Wet

Junior attacker Alex Tsotadze launches a shot in last week’s matchup with Wagner College, a contest in which he scored three goals. Tsotadze tallied four goals in Sunday’s 16-10 victory over its neighboring university, MIT, which bumped the team’s record to 13-2.

No. 14 Harvard Splash to Underwhelming Victory Against Rivals MIT, Looking Forward to Future

Water polo action saw Harvard (13-2, 3-0 Ivy League) take a convincing, albeit sloppy, 16-10 win over their cross-Cambridge rivals, MIT (3-8). The afternoon’s victory added the 13th tick to the Crimson’s flaming-hot 13-2 record and marked Harvard’s 20th consecutive win in the pool for this particular all-Cambridge match-up.

Men’s Water Polo Commences NWPC Campaign With Two Victories and a Loss

Harvard was busy on the road this weekend, with a trio of games against Princeton, St. Francis College Brooklyn, and Iona College. The Crimson brought back two wins, over the Tigers and Gaels of Iona to start the conference season with a 2-1 league record.

In Photos: Harvard Athletic Events Return to Campus in Full Force

For the first time in roughly a year and a half, Harvard Athletics is back. Four teams took to the pool, field, and court across campus as fans cheered them on in an action-packed weekend after the first days of classes.

Back to Blodgett: Men’s Water Polo Set to Return to the Pool this Weekend in Bruno Classic

It has been almost a year and a half since the pandemic stopped Ivy League competition, sent Harvard students home, and flipped the world upside down — but Harvard men’s water polo is finally back in the pool together and looking ahead to its first competition in 644 days.

Winding Up

Junior attacker Alex Tsotadze winds up during a game in 2019. Tsotadze notched 56 goals as a sophomore in 2019, the third most on the team.

Just Keep Swimming: From Blodgett Pool to Manhattan Rivers

Even after four years of evading opponents in Blodgett Pool as a Harvard undergraduate, former Men’s Water Polo player Joseph H. Kaufman ’89 had never taken on a physical task as daunting as swimming the nearly 30-mile loop around Manhattan. That is until this summer, when Kaufman decided to take the plunge through the turbulent tides of the East, Harlem, and Hudson Rivers in New York City.

Number 200: Men’s Water Polo vs. Princeton, Game of the Year

“I don’t think there was a feeling of anxiety or nervousness around the team, but I think that people definitely knew the pressure that was on us,” sophomore goalie Noah Hodge said. “Preparation-wise, everyone knew we just had to go out there and do what we’ve been doing all year.”

Holding Up Number 1's

Harvard managed to hold on to its one-goal lead over Princeton in the closing stages of the NWPC Championship. With the 8-7 victory, the team earned the chance for a photo op and an NCAA Tournament berth.

Undefeated Men’s Water Polo Secures NWPC Championship, Berth in NCAA Tournament

Now it is the first team to go undefeated in the Northeast Water Polo Conference regular season and tournament, with a historic 29-0 record.

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