M. Water Polo Tunes Up for Northerns; Wins 2

The No. 19 Harvard men's water polo team waltzed through its final tuneup before the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Championships this weekend, dusting one current club team and one future one.

The Crimson (19-8, 7-3 CWPA) opened a two-game set with an 11-5 victory over Boston College, and put the finishing touches on the evening with a 10-5 win over Dartmouth.

The twin wins gave Harvard some momentum headed into Saturday's crucial action after the team saw its impressive 11-game win streak die against No. 11 St. Francis two weeks ago.


Neither contest was ever in doubt, nor does either game bear any real significance in the standings. However, Harvard Coach Jim Floerchinger noted that the team needed a warmup beyond the team's rigorous practices in order to properly prepare for the weekend's challenges.

"It's good to play hard against guys who aren't on your team," Floerchinger said. "It's really just good to play games."

Harvard 10, Dartmouth 5

The last time Harvard and Dartmouth met, sophomore goaltender Paul Tselentis left the game early with a minor injury. Senior driver Josh Bliesath took over at a position he once played, and performed admirably.

Bliesath filled in for Tselentis again in the second game last night, although the circumstances surrounding the switch were far more somber. Tselentis suffered an epileptic seizure last Sunday, and watched the action from the sidelines.

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