No. 10 Men’s Water Polo Splits a Pair at Rodeo Tournament

No. 10 Men’s Water Polo Splits a Pair at Rodeo Tournament

Sophomore Nathan Ondracek recorded a hat trick in the victory over Fresno Pacific (Paul Rutherford).

– No. 10 Harvard men's water polo finished 1-1 on the second day of the Rodeo Tournament Saturday. The Crimson fell to No. 9 UC Davis, 7-6, before rolling to an 18-8 victory over Fresno Pacific.

The Crimson fell by one goal to a ranked opponent for the second consecutive day as it moved to 1-2 on the weekend and 17-5 overall. Harvard closes out action at the Rodeo Tournament against No. 20 Santa Clara tomorrow at 12:20 p.m. EST.

In the opener against UC Davis, both teams came firing out of the gate and the Crimson found itself tied 3-3 after the first quarter. Harvard's offense stalled in the second frame and the Aggies took a two-goal advantage (6-4) at the intermission.

The second half saw a defensive battle as the Crimson slowly battled to get back into the contest, holding UC Davis scoreless in the third quarter and narrowing the deficit to one (6-5).

Harvard recorded another goal in the fourth period but it wouldn't be enough as the Aggies matched the score and held on for the 7-6 win.

Senior Noah Harrison and sophomore Grayson Judge led the Crimson offense with two goals apiece, while sophomore Nick Bunn and freshman Austin Sechrest notched a goal each as well.

Sophomore Nathan Ondracek paced the offense with two assists, while sophomore Anthony Ridgley led the defensive efforts with 10 saves in net.

Harvard erupted in the second contest against Fresno Pacific, tying a season-high with 18 goals. Six different Crimson scored in the first quarter as Harvard took an early 6-1 lead.

The Crimson kept its foot on the pedal in the second frame, scoring seven more goals while holding Fresno Pacific scoreless to make it 13-1. Senior Viktor Wrobel, Harrison, Sechrest, Ondracek and Bunn all tallied two goals in the first half.

Fresno Pacific saw a little more success on the offensive end in the second half, but never threatened the Crimson as it coasted for the 18-8 victory.

Ondracek led Harvard with a hat trick, while senior Joey Colton and freshman Bennie Seybold each added a pair of scores.

Freshman goaltender Nikhil Suri stopped seven shots in the contest as the Harvard defense locked down the Sunbirds and had the game in hand early.