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No. 16 SDSU Water Polo Heads to Harvard Invitational

SDSU is set to head east to compete at the Harvard Invitational.
SDSU is set to head east to compete at the Harvard Invitational.

March 5, 2014

SAN DIEGO - The No. 16 San Diego State water polo team will travel to Boston, Mass., March 8-9, to compete in the Harvard Invitational. The Aztecs will play their first two games on Saturday against Marist at 1 p.m. ET and Harvard at 7:15 p.m. ET. SDSU will play its second doubleheader of the weekend on Sunday, starting with Iona at 10:30 a.m. ET and will finish by playing No. 20 Michigan at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Marist is coming off a 13-9 loss against Brown on Feb. 22, which brought the New York school's season record to 4-9. The last time the Aztecs played the Red Foxes was at the Terrapin Invitational in January 2012, beating Marist 15-1. San Diego State scored five goals in the first quarter and posted six unanswered before the Red Foxes were able to score.

The Last Meeting
San Diego State15
Marist1
January 28, 2012
College Park, Md.
Aztecs Dominate First Day at Terrapin Invitational
The eighth-ranked San Diego State water polo team opened its season with a pair of convincing wins at the Terrapin Invitational on Saturday. The Aztecs won their season opener vs. Marist, 15-1, before returning to the pool and beating Wagner, 13-7.

The Last Meeting
San Diego State11  
No. 11 Michigan102OT
January 20, 2013
Ann Arbor, Mich.
No. 7 Water Polo Defeats No. 14 Indiana, No. 11 Michigan
Seventh-ranked San Diego State improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating No. 14 Indiana, 11-5, and No. 11 Michigan, 11-10 in double overtime, on the final day of the Michigan Kick-Off.

The hosts of the tournament, Harvard, came up short of a win last Sunday against Princeton, 11-9. The loss put the Crimson's overall season record to 7-3. The last time the Aztecs took on Harvard was in 1995 at the National Water Polo Championships, dominating the Ivy League school 20-5. Harvard is currently receiving votes in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20.

Iona suffered a loss in its last game, 13-7, against Harvard on Feb. 22, which brought its season record to 2-8. Last season, Iona finished the year with an overall record of 21-11 and went 18-9 in neutral-site games. This will mark the first-ever competition between SDSU and the Gaels.

Michigan is coming off a successful weekend by winning all four of its games at the Cal Lutheran Invitational in Thousand Oaks, Calif., bringing its season record to 7-10. Last year, the Aztecs defeated the then-11th-ranked Wolverines at the Michigan Kick-Off in a thrilling double overtime outing, 11-10. SDSU took advantage of a Michigan turnover in front of its net with 1:17 left in the game to give the Aztecs the victory.

San Diego State was victorious at home last weekend in its first-ever Golden Coast Conference game, defeating No. T-20 Cal Baptist, 6-5. A couple of underclassmen had impressive outings Saturday against the Lancers as freshman Ioli Benekou scored three goals and sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Mitchell recorded 17 saves in the win for the Aztecs. It was the third-straight win for SDSU before falling to No. 6 Irvine on the road on Sunday. San Diego State heads into the weekend with an overall record of 8-6.