No. 10 Men's Water Polo Falls on Day One of Bruno Classic

Junior Nick Bunn scored five goals in the first two games of the Bruno Classic.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 10 Harvard men's water polo team fell to No. 3 Stanford, 21-5, and No. 7 Pepperdine, 16-7, on the opening day of the Bruno Classic at Blodgett Pool.

Freshman Dennis Blyashov scored his first career goal with the Crimson against Stanford, while junior Nick Bunn found the back of the net twice. Bunn's second goal came on a penalty shot in the fourth quarter. Blyashov finished the game with two goals off of six shots, with Bruno Snow getting the assists on both. Goalkeepers junior Anthony Ridgley and sophomore Nikhil Suri split time in net, with Ridgley making five saves and Suri securing two.

"I thought the freshmen played through their nerves," said The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach, Ted Minnis. "I think they're a very good class and we're going to see a lot of great things out of them in the future."

In the afternoon game against the Pepperdine Waves, the Crimson fought hard to improve on their performance from the morning. Bunn once again led the way by securing three goals, while sophomore Austin Sechrest netted two of his own. Freshman Jackson Enright tallied his first career goal with Harvard, while senior captains Harry Tafur and Colin Chiapello also made their presence known, with Tafur getting three assists and Chiapello scoring a goal.  

"We were going against two of the top teams in the country," said Sechrest. "I thought that our team battled through most of the game but we still have a long way to go. But we're excited to play some east coast opponents [tomorrow], and keep working on our team game."

Harvard Highlights:

  • Freshmen Dennis Blyashov and Jackson Enright earned their first goals as a members of the Crimson in the two matchups. Blyashov finished with two goals against the Cardinal, and Enright finished with one against the Waves. 
  • Nick Bunn tallied two goals against Stanford and three against Pepperdine.
  • Sophomore Austin Sechrest netted two goals against Pepperdine.
  • Goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley made five saves against the Cardinal, and another five against the Waves.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard moves to 0-7 in the Stanford series history, and moves to 0-5 against the Waves.

What's Next:
The men's water polo team continues action on Sunday for day two of the Bruno Classic. The Crimson play its first game at 9 a.m. against Mckendree and 3 p.m. against Wagner. Both games will be played at Blodgett Pool, and air on the Ivy League Network.