Although it wasn’t pretty, the close finish was certainly a crucial learning experience for a team loaded with young talent.
In some ways, the seniors have fulfilled all of the expectations that were placed on the group, which 247 Sports’ Composite Team Rankings regarded as the 25th-best recruiting class in the nation. They have won at least a share of the Ivy League title in consecutive years and last season advanced to the second round of the NIT for the first time in program history. But one achievement is missing: an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Recording its fifth 20-win season in program history, the Crimson has its sights set on the 2020 season, where a majority of the players will be returning to fight for the NCAA tournament bid.
Harvard challenged St. Francis, George Washington, and No. 24 Bucknell over the weekend and emerged from each bout victorious. In the course of securing victory, senior Kristen Hong broke the school's career goals record.
Women's Water Polo has started their season at an impressive 12-2, and freshman goalkeeper Zoe Banks has adjusted to collegiate water polo quickly.
Brownell’s personal preparation serves as a testament to his success, as the constant maintenance of his duffel bag both before practices and matches keeps him playing at the top of his game.