No. 14 Men's Water Polo Opens Harvard Invite with Victory

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 14 men's water polo team defeated Johns Hopkins, 13-9, Friday night at Blodgett Pool for Harvard's first game of the Harvard Invite. The Crimson was paced by freshman Dennis Blyashov, who netted five goals. 

At the end of the first quarter, Harvard led Johns Hopkins 2-0, thanks to two goals from freshman Jackson Enright. Five more goals secured the Crimson a 7-3 lead going into halftime. 

Senior captain Colin Chiapello got on the board, netting his lone goal of the night at the beginning of the second half. Junior Nick Bunn secured the game-winnin goal in the third quarter. Blyashov's final two goals, along with a third goal from sophomore Austin Sechrest, allowed the Crimson some breathing room in the fourth quarter. Adding to the victory, sophomore Nikhil Suri stood strong in net, securing 13 saves. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Goalkeeper Nikhil Suri made 13 saves for the Crimson, a season-high for the sophomore.
  • Junior Nick Bunn netted the game-winning goal in the third quarter.
  • Freshman Dennis Blysahov paced the Crimson with five goals, followed by sophomore Austin Sechrest with three. 

Game Notes:

  • Harvard is now 7-10 all-time against the Blue Jays. 

What's Next?
The Crimson returns to action tomorrow for day two of the Harvard Invite against No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer at 12:30 p.m. The game will air on the Ivy League Network.