CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three members of the Harvard men's water polo team were awarded weekly honors by the Northeast Water Polo Conference, as announced Thursday afternoon. Freshman Jackson Enright was named Rookie of the Week, junior goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley was named Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Dennis Blyashov was named Co-Player of the Week.
Blyashov has been on a roll in his freshman season, earning 54 goals through 18 games. Blyashov netted 14 goals this past weekend in three games against Johns Hopkins, Pomona-Pitzer and George Washington during the Harvard Invite. He netted seven alone in Harvard's 13-9 win over George Washington. Blyashov also totaled two assists and two steals on the weekend. Blyashov is a three-time conference Rookie of the Week, having earned the honor Sept. 4, Sept. 18 and Oct. 2.
Enright had four goals this past weekend at the Harvard Invite, netting two against Johns Hopkins and two against Pomona-Pitzer. Enright was also critical to Harvard's victory over George Washington as he earned three assists, bringing his total to four on the weekend. Enright also totaled four steals and one block during the tournament. He now boasts 17 total goals this season.
Ridgley played in two games at the Harvard Invite, securing 24 saves in Harvard's victories over No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer and George Washington. Ridgley made nine saves against the Sagehens, while only allowing five goals. The junior also completed 15 saves in Harvard's 13-9 win over the Colonials. Ridgley's 15 saves against George Washington matched his career-best, which he most recently met on Oct. 18, 2016 against MIT. This was the third time in his career totaling 15 saves in one contest.
Harvard travels to California this weekend for four games at the Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament, hosted by Santa Clara and San Jose State. The Crimson will face Santa Clara on Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. EST and Fresno Pacific on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1:20 p.m. Harvard finishes out the tournament with a Saturday afternoon game against San Jose State at 5:20 p.m. and a Sunday afternoon game against UC Davis at 1:20 p.m. All times Eastern. More information about all four contests can be found here.