CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 13 Harvard men's water polo team finished the regular season by splitting Saturday's contests with a win over MIT and a loss at No. 16 Brown. The Crimson took down the Engineers, 11-7, on Senior Day before falling to the Bears, 13-11.
No. 13 Harvard 11, MIT 7
The Crimson took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to goals by freshman Dennis Blyashov and sophomore Austin Sechrest. Sophomore and reigning NWPC Player of the Week, Charlie Owens, notched the first goal of the second quarter for the Crimson, widening the lead to 3-0 Harvard. At the end of the first half, Harvard was up 7-4 over MIT.
Blyashov kicked off the second half for the Crimson, netting Harvard's eighth goal less than 30 seconds into the third quarter. Freshman Jackson Enright followed up by scored two goals back-to-back, earning a hat trick. Blyashov scored the final goal for the Crimson off a penalty shot to defeat the Engineers, 11-7.
- Senior captain Colin Chiapello netted one goal and had two assists, while fellow classmate and fellow captain Harry Tafur secured two assists, one steal and one field block.
- Freshmen Jackson Enright and Dennis Blyashov each scored three goals against the Engineers.
- Junior goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley made nine saves.
- Harvard leads 91-21 all-time against MIT.
No. 13 Harvard 11, No. 16 Brown 13
The freshmen pair of Jackson Enright and Dennis Blyashov scored the first three goals of the game, Blyashov netting two before Enright found the back of the goal for the Crimson's third goal. Sophomore Austin Sechrest followed up with a goal of his own before classmate Charlie Owens found the back of the net. At the half, the Crimson trailed the Bears, 6-7.
After halftime, the Crimson pulled together three more goals in the third period from junior Nathan Ondracek, Enright and Blyashov. Heading into the fourth quarter, Harvard trailed Brown, 9-12 but the Crimson was determined to get more points on the board. Senior captain Colin Chiapello scored two goals back-to-back to finish the fourth quarter. However, Harvard was unable to mount the comeback and fell to the Bears, 13-11.
- Freshman Dennis Blysahov scored three goals for his second hat trick of the day.
- Freshman Jackson Enright followed with two goals against the Bears.
- Junior goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley made seven saves.
- Harvard moves to 26-93 all-time against Brown.
Harvard hosts the NEWPC Championships beginning on Nov. 17 and running through Nov. 19. All games will air on the Ivy League Network.