No. 14 Harvard vs. No. 15 Brown
No. 14 Harvard vs. MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 14 Harvard men's water polo team will face two opponents this Saturday, first hosting No. 15 Brown at Blodgett Pool at 10 a.m. The game will air on the Ivy League Network and ESPN3. On Saturday night, the Crimson will make the short journey to MIT, for an 8 p.m. contest at Alumni Pool.
Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off a 1-2 weekend, with losses to No. 11 Princeton and No. 13 St. Francis (N.Y.) and a 13-9 victory over Iona. Reigning NWPC Rookie of the Week, Dennis Blyashov, netted 15 goals on the weekend for the Crimson, tallying seven alone against Iona.
Harvard is 9-4 so far this season, including three wins over ranked opponents. Goalkeepers Anthony Ridgley and Nikhil Suri have been successfully splitting time in net this season; Ridgley has totaled 68 saves while Suri has 48. Freshman Dennis Blyashov leads the Crimson in scoring, with 36 goals, while classmate Bruno Snow leads in assists with 24. Eight different players are in double-digits on the season in steals, with Blyashov leading with 20.
Brown is 8-6 this season, most recently coming off a 9-8 loss at No. 11 Princeton last weekend. Seniors Rico Burke and Tyler Kirchberg each netted two goals against the Tigers. Starting goalkeeper, junior Will Renken, has allowed 72 goals against through 14 games.
MIT has a record of 6-8, and is coming off a 13-11 loss at No. 11 Princeton. Against the Tigers, freshman Evan Kim led the way with three goals and three assists. Freshman Myles Stapleberg drew a team-high two ejections and sophomore goalkeeper Hayden Niederreiter recorded eight saves.
The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach, Ted Minnis, enters his eighth season at the helm of Crimson water polo after completing his most successful season to date. Minnis became the winningest coach in Harvard men's water polo history when Harvard defeated Johns Hopkins in last year's Bruno Classic. He now boasts a total of 131 victories with the Crimson.
The Crimson finished 27-7 during the 2016 season, including the team's first NCAA tournament appearance, having earned a spot in the final four. Harvard went 7-3 in conference play and defeated Brown for the team's first NWPC Championship title.
The weekend of Oct. 13-15 Harvard will host the annual Harvard Invite. The Crimson is set to face Johns Hopkins on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Pomona-Pitzer on Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m. and George Washington on Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m. All games will air on the Ivy League Network.
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