CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT water polo team traveled across town Wednesday night to take on its oldest and most familiar rival, Harvard, in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) opener for both teams. The host Crimson was able to take control of the game during the deciding third period en route to a 9-6 win over the Engineers. The meeting was the 89th between the two Cambridge schools in a series that began in 1970. Mark Artz had a pair of goals to lead Tech, which fell to 1-8 on the season.
Devin Lewis gave the Cardinal and Grey the early advantage just over two minutes into the contest. Harvard struck back with two more scores to take a 2-1 lead after one period. Tech fell behind even further after two quick goals from the Crimson to start the second. However, Mark Artz netted the first of three MIT tallies in the frame to help close the halftime deficit to just one.
Harvard opened the second half with back-to-back goals as the lead expanded to 7-4. That score held up for most of the stanza until Matt Perkins took advantage of a man-up situation in the final minute of the third. It appeared the Engineers would be able to enter the final period trailing just 7-5. However, Harvard benefitted from another goal as time expired to swell its lead back to three. The teams exchanged scores early in the fourth but MIT was unable to get any closer the rest of the way.
Both teams will be back in action this weekend at the ECAC Championship, hosted by Princeton. Tech is the no. six seed and will face Brown in the opening round. Harvard earned the no. nine seed and opens with George Washington.