No. 12 Men’s Water Polo Hosts No. 17 GW in Opening Round of NCAA Tournament on Saturday

Harvard hosts George Washington in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday at 1 p.m. (Gil Talbot).



No. 12 Harvard vs. No. 17 George Washington
Nov. 25, 2017
1 p.m.
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Network
Andy Towne, Dan Stevens
Harvard leads, 15-7
        W, 13-9 (Oct. 15, 2017)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 12 Harvard men's water polo team hosts No. 17 George Washington on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will air on the Ivy League Network and is free for those without a subscription. This will be the fourth time this season both teams have faced one another, with Harvard having won all three previous contests. The pair most recently faced off on October 15 at the Harvard Invite. The Crimson defeated the Colonials, 13-9. 

Last Time Out
Harvard is coming off a 3-0 run at the NEWPC Tournament, winning the conference title for the second year in a row after defeating No. 14 Princeton in sudden-death overtime, 12-11. Harvard downed Iona and No. 19 St. Francis (N.Y.) to earn a trip to the championship game. Freshman Dennis Blyashov collected four goals against the Tigers in the title game, including the game-winner. Blyashov was named Rookie and Player of the Tournament, while The Friends of Harvard Water Polo head coach Ted Minnis was named Coach of the Tournament. 

Scouting Harvard
Freshman Dennis Blyashov, who was recently named the NWPC Rookie of the Year, leads the Crimson with 88 goals on the season and is third on the team ins steals, with 33. Senior captain Harry Tafur owns the No. 1 spot in assists, with 56. In net, junior Anthony Ridgley has made 169 saves while sophomore Nikhil Suri has secured 101. 

Scouting George Washington
George Washington is coming off a win against Wagner for its first Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference title in program history. Atakan Destici led the Colonials with three goals, while five players found the back of the net once. Sophomore Andrew Mavis was named Tournament MVP after collecting 10 goals over the three-game weekend. 

What's Next?
The winner of Harvard vs. George Washington advances to play No. 1 Southern California on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. 

About Harvard
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 148 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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