Harvard will host the 2017 NEWPC Conference Tournament this weekend and faces Iona at 6 p.m. Friday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 15 Harvard men's water polo team is gearing up for the NEWPC Conference Tournament which opens this Friday, Nov. 17 at Blodgett Pool. Harvard faces Iona on Friday night at 6 p.m. and the game will air on the Ivy League Network. A full tournament schedule and team rankings can be found here.
The winner of Harvard/Iona will move on to face No. 18 St. Francis (N.Y.) at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. All games for the NEWPC Tournament will air on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
Harvard split its most recent games on Nov. 4, beating MIT, 11-7, and losing at No. 14 Brown, 13-11. Freshmen Jackson Enright and Dennis Blyashov led the Crimson with three goals apiece against MIT, while Blyashov netted a second hat trick that same afternoon against Brown. Junior goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley combined for 16 saves on the day.
Harvard is 20-7 on the season and 10-2 at home. Harvard hasn't lost a home game since opening weekend, on September 2, against No. 1 Stanford and No. 10 Pepperdine. Freshman Dennis Blyashov currently leads the Crimson with 75 goals, followed by sophomore Austin Sechrest who has 55. Senior captain Harry Tafur and freshman Bruno Snow have been the go-to players for assists, with 51 and 42, respectively. Sophomore Austin Sechrest and Snow are tied for the lead in steals, with 30 apiece, while Sechrest owns the No. 1 spot in field blocks, with 12. In net, junior Anthony Ridgley has 146 saves, while sophomore Nikhil Suri has 94.
Iona earned the sixth seed in the NEWPC Tournament after going 7-20 in the regular season. The Gaels are 1-7 on the road in 2017 and are currently on a four-game losing streak. Iona most recently faced Princeton on the road, losing 17-9 to the Tigers. Seniors Zach Roper and Marc Stauble led the Gaels with two goals, while five other players each netted one. In net, Jorge Andres Torres stopped 14 shots and collected three steals.
The winner of Harvard Iona will play No. 18 St Francis (N.Y.) Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. The full schedule of the tournament can be found here.
The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach, Ted Minnis, enters his eighth season at the helm of Crimson water polo after completing his most successful season to date. Minnis became the winningest coach in Harvard men's water polo history when Harvard defeated Johns Hopkins in last year's Bruno Classic. He now boasts a total of 145 victories with the Crimson.
The Crimson finished 27-7 during the 2016 season, including the team's first NCAA tournament appearance, having earned a spot in the final four. Harvard went 7-3 in conference play and defeated Brown for the team's first NWPC Championship title.
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