No. 11 Men's Water Polo Splits Sunday Contests

No. 11 Men's Water Polo Splits Sunday Contests

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 11 Harvard men's water polo team split Sunday's contests, with a 13-11 loss at St. Francis (N.Y.) and a 13-9 victory at Iona. The Crimson is now 9-4 on the season.

No. 11 Harvard 11, No. 16 St. Francis (N.Y.) 13

Against St. Francis, freshman Dennis Blyashov kicked it off for the Crimson, scoring Harvard's first goal of the game. Blysahov ended the contest with five goals, one assist and one steal. At the half, the Crimson trailed Terriers, 9-13. A goal from sophomore Austin Sechrest and junior Nick Bunn brought the final tally to 11-13.

In net, junior Anthony Ridgley started the contest for Harvard and made two saves. After halftime, sophomore Nikhil Suri took the spot between the pipes and held the Terriers scoreless in the fourth quarter, totaling six saves. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Five different players scored for the Crimson: freshman Dennis Blysahov, sophomores Charlie Owens and Austin Sechrest and juniors Nick Bunn and Grayson Judge. Blyashov led the way with five goals, followed by Sechrest and Bunn who had two goals each.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Nikhil Suri secured six saves in the second half for the Crimson, holding the Terriers scoreless in the fourth quarter. 

Game Notes:

  • Harvard moves to 12-33 all-time against St. Francis (N.Y.). 

No. 11 Harvard 13, Iona 9

On Sunday afternoon, Harvard got off to a quick start, notching four goals in the opening quarter against Iona. Junior Nick Bunn scored the first goal for the Crimson. At the half, the Crimson led the Gaels, 8-4. 

In the second half, Blysahov netted the first goal for the Crimson, his fifth of the game. Blyashov ended the game with seven total goals. Two more goals from Blyashov, and a goal each from junior Nathan Ondracek and senior Colin Chiapello brought home the win for Harvard.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Nikhil Suri brought home 11 saves for the Crimson. 
  • Freshman Dennis Blysahov notched seven goals and finished with four steals. 
  • Senior captain Colin Chiapello and junior Nick Bunn each secured two goals. 
  • Sophomore Austin Sechrest led the way in steals, with five. 

Game Notes:

  • Harvard is now 36-19 all-time against Iona. 

What's Next?
The Crimson return to action next weekend, at Blodgett Pool on Saturday, Oct. 7 as Harvard hosts Brown at 10 a.m.