No. 11 Water Polo Splits with Fresno Pacific, No. 11 San Jose State

Freshman Ben Wagner notched his first collegiate goal and assist vs. Fresno Pacific (Gil Talbot).
Freshman Ben Wagner notched his first collegiate goal and assist vs. Fresno Pacific (Gil Talbot).

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. – The No. 11 Harvard men's water polo team moved to 2-1 at the Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament Saturday, racing past Fresno Pacific, 19-6, before falling to No. 11 San Jose State in the final matchup of the day, 16-14. 

Harvard 19, Fresno Pacific 6
Led by five tallies by freshman Jackson Enright, the Crimson reached 19 goals for the fourth time this season. The San Mateo, California native scored four of Harvard's last five goals, while also filling the score sheet with three assists, two steals and a block. 

Junior Grayson Judge got the Crimson going with a couple transition goals in the early going, leading to a 5-3 Harvard advantage after the first frame. The defense ratcheted up in the second quarter, not allowing a Fresno Pacific goal. Junior Anthony Ridgley steadied the defense throughout the contest, finishing with eight stops.

Starting the second half with a 10-3 cushion, the Crimson tacked on nine more goals on its way to victory.

Harvard Highlights:
- Freshman attacker Ben Wagner had a breakout game, scoring his first two collegiate goals, while also dishing an assist and making a steal.
- Enright and Judge finished with five and three goals, respectively.
- A total of 10 Harvard student-athletes scored in the game.

Game Notes:
- Harvard improves to 3-0 against Fresno Pacific with each of those wins coming in the last three years.  

San Jose State 16, Harvard 14
Freshman Dennis Blyashov, Enright and sophomore Austin Sechrest led the Crimson with three goals apiece in the final matchup of the day, but the Crimson fell to San Jose State, 16-14. Junior Nathan Ondracek led the team with four assists and two steals, while sophomore Nikhil Suri posted seven saves between the posts.

Harvard opened up a 3-2 lead following the first period, but trailed at the half, 6-5, despite a pair of goals from Blyashov. Harvard tallied five goals in the third period and an additional four in the final frame, but six Spartans goals in the fourth gave 11th-ranked San Jose State the win.

Harvard Highlights:
- Blyashov, Enright and Sechrest totaled three goals apiece.
- Eight total Crimson attackers found the back of the net.

Game Notes:
- The series is now tied in program history at 1-1, as the Crimson won the first meeting in 2015.

What's Next?
Harvard concludes action at the Julian Fraser Memorial on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1:20 p.m. against UC Davis.