No. 10 Men’s Water Polo Victorious on Day Two of Bruno Classic

Sophomore Charlie Owens notched six goals against McKendree on Sunday (Gil Talbot).   

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 10 Harvard men's water polo team finished day two of the Bruno Classic with a pair of wins over McKendree and Wagner.

Seven different Harvard players scored in the first half against McKendree, including, junior Grayson Judge and sophomores Austin Sechrest and Charlie Owens. The Crimson headed into halftime with a strong lead, up 12-1. Owens led the Crimson with six goals against the Bearcats.                                             

The freshmen continued to make an impact this weekend. Ben Wagner recorded his first collegiate goal against McKendree, ending the game with three total and one assist. Bruno Snow and Dennis Blyashov also combined for six assists in the game. Owens led the Crimson with six goals against the Bearcats. Harvard defeated McKendree, 19-5. 

Against Wagner, the Crimson collected 14 goals to the Seahawks' nine. Dennis Blyashov, Nick Bunn, and captain Harry Tafur all recorded hat tricks against the Seahawks. Freshman Jackson Enright netted his second goal of the weekend against the Seahawks, after earning his first the day before against No. 7 Pepperdine. Fellow freshman Bruno Snow tallied his first collegiate goal with the Crimson against the Seahawks. Goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley spent the entire game between the pipes for the Crimson, making 14 saves.

"So far so good," said The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis on how well his team is working together. "I think we still have work to do, I know there's still room to keep getting better and getting to know each other, but what we always do is we spread it around and it's not just one person."

Harvard Highlights:

  • Freshman Ben Wagner recorded his first collegiate goal against McKendree, finishing the game with three total.
  • Freshman Bruno Snow earned his first career goal against Wagner. 
  • Sophomore Charlie Owens led the team with six goals against McKendree.
  • Three different Harvard players recorded hat tricks against Wagner: Harry Tafur, Nick Bunn and Dennis Blyashov.  
  • Goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley secured four saves against McKendree and 14 saves against Wagner.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard now leads the Mckendree series, 1-0 and moves to 4-0 against Wagner.
  • Harvard will face Wagner again in October during the Julian Frasier Memorial tournament, hosted by Santa Clara.

What's Next:
The Harvard men's water polo team will travel to Princeton to face George Washington and Chapman Saturday, Sept. 9 and Bucknell Sunday, Sept. 10 as part of the Princeton Invitational.