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No. 10 Men's Water Polo Gears Up for Bruno Classic

No. 10 Men's Water Polo Gears Up for Bruno Classic

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No. 10 Harvard vs. No. 3 Stanford
Sept. 2, 2017
  12 p.m.
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Network
Bill Spaulding, Alex Vispoli
Harvard trails, 0-6
    L, 21-5 (Sept. 5, 2016)
L6

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No. 10 Harvard vs. No. 7 Pepperdine
Sept. 2, 2017
   4:30 p.m.
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Network
Bill Spaulding, Alex Vispoli
Harvard trails, 0-4
    L, 20-2 (Oct. 23, 2011)
L4

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No. 10 Harvard vs. McKendree
Sept. 3, 2017
   9 a.m.
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Network
Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff
Series tied, 0-0
     

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No. 10 Harvard vs. Wagner
Sept. 3, 2017
   3 p.m.
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Network
Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff
Harvard leads, 3-0
     W, 17-11 (Oct. 15, 2016)
W3

 


The Crimson is set to begin its 2017 season at the Bruno Classic (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's water polo team is set to begin its 2017 season with four matches at the Bruno Classic. Hosted by both Harvard and Brown, the Bruno Classic will be split between Blodgett Pool and the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. All of Harvard's games will be played at Blodgett Pool. 

The Crimson will kick off its season with matchups against Stanford, Pepperdine, McKendree and Wagner. Harvard opens the tournament with two games on Saturday, against Stanford at 12 p.m. before Pepperdine at 4:30 p.m. Harvard continues the weekend against McKendree at 9 a.m. on Sunday, before closing out competition at 3 p.m. against Wagner.

About Harvard
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 at Harvard. 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.

The Crimson went 7-3 in conference play and defeated Brown for the team's first NWPC Championship title.

Making History
Minnis became the winningest coach in Harvard men's water polo history when Harvard defeated Johns Hopkins in last year's Bruno Classic. Minnis now boasts a total of 125 victories with the Crimson.

Best Season to Date
The Crimson made history last season when Harvard competed for the first time in the final four of the NCAA tournament. Last November, the Crimson defeated Bucknell and UC Davis to make it to the semi-final round. Harvard lost to then-No. 1 USC in the final four.

Back-to Back-Champs
Harvard is looking to defend its title as reigning NWPC champions. The Crimson defeated Brown last year in the championship game, 11-7.

Among the Best
Harvard enters the 2017 campaign ranked No. 10 in the nation. The Crimson finished the 2016 season ranked No. 9 after reaching the NCAA final four.

Dual Threat
Senior captains Colin Chiapello and Harry Tafur look to lead the Crimson through another ground-breaking season. Tafur, who served as a co-captain in 2016, finished last year's campaign with 25 goals, 46 assists and 13 steals. He scored the overtime game-winning goal against Bucknell in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, giving the Crimson the go-ahead to the next round of games. Tafur also earned a goal in the final four against USC.

Chiapello totaled 46 goals, 16 assists and 19 steals in 2016. He tallied two sets of hat tricks during the 2016 season, first against Princeton in the NWPC semi-finals, then again in a win over UC Davis in the NCAA tournament. He earned "Excellent" ACWPC All-Academic Honors in 2016.

Consistency is Key
Junior goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley had a historic 2016 season, totaling 230 saves along with 41 assists and 26 steals. Ridgley was named to the NWPC Championship second team, and was named the NWPC Defensive Player of the Week four times (Sept. 20, Oct. 19, Nov. 29, Dec. 5). He secured 12 double-digit save totals, on the way to amassing nine saves, three steals and three assists against UC Davis in the NCAA tournament.

Inaugural Match
The 2017 season marks the first-ever for McKendree water polo, which will be making its debut as a varsity program, under the direction of head coach Ryan Hall.

Scouting Stanford
Stanford ended the 2016 season as the fifth-ranked team in the CWPA rankings. The Cardinal posted a 13-8 record, finishing out the season with a loss to Cal in the MPSF Tournament. Junior Cody Smith and sophomore Blake Parrish were named Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Americans. Parrish also led the Cardinal in scoring with 48 goals in just 21 games.

Scouting Pepperdine
Pepperdine finished the 2016 season 15-12, securing a 2-3 conference record. Junior Marko Asic played in all 27 games for the Waves, leading the team in goals with 69. He earned ACWPC All-America second team honors. Goalkeeper Zach Rhodes was named an ACWPC All-America honorable mention after totaling 403 saves in 26 games.

Scouting Wagner
Wagner will compete in its second year as a varsity program in 2017. The Seahawks finished 2016 with an overall record of 10-20. Harvard and Wagner faced off three times last season, with the Crimson winning all contests.

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