CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In the first round of the NEWPC Tournament on Friday night, the No. 15 Harvard men's water polo team defeated Iona, 16-7. The Crimson moves on to face No. 18 St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The game will air on the Ivy League Network.
The Crimson got off to a quick start, scoring four goals in the first period while holding Iona scoreless. Freshman Dennis Blyashov, who was named the NWPC Rookie of the Year earlier today, netted the first and fourth goal for the Crimson, totaling six goals in the contest. Juniors Grayson Judge and Grant Harvey netted the other two goals for Harvard in the first quarter.
Heading into halftime, the Crimson commanded a 10-3 lead. Three more goals in the third quarter, one from sophomore Austin Sechrest and two more from Blyashov pushed the lead to 13-4 in favor of the Crimson. Harvard brought the win home thanks to one goal apiece from senior captain Colin Chiapello, freshman Ben Wagner and junior Nathan Ondracek. The Crimson defeated the Gaels, 16-7.
- Freshman Dennis Blyashov led the Crimson with six goals, bringing his season total to 81.
- Three players netted two goals apiece: junior Grayson Judge, sophomore Austin Sechrest and freshman Ben Wagner.
- In net, both junior Anthony Ridgley and sophomore Nikhil Suri saw playing time. Ridgley made five saves and Suri secured seven.
- Harvard moves to 38-19 all-time against Iona.
- The Crimson will face No. 18 St. Francis (N.Y.) tomorrow at 3 p.m. The game will air on the Ivy League Network.
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