No. 12 Men's Water Polo Falls to No. 1 USC in NCAA Quarterfinals

LOS ANGELES - The No. 12 Harvard men's water polo team fell to No. 1 USC, 16-4, in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Thursday night. 

At the end of the first quarter, Harvard trailed the Trojans, 5-0. Freshman Dennis Blyashov got the Crimson on the board in the second quarter, netting a goal less than two minutes into the quarter. Sophomore Austin Sechrest followed up with a goal of his own, bringing the Crimson back into the action. Senior captain Colin Chiapello found the back of the net late in the second quarter, bringing the score to 9-3 in favor of the Trojans. At the end of the first half, USC controlled the lead, 10-3. 

In the third quarter, Chiapello netted his second goal of the night off a great pass from Blyashov. As time expired on the third quarter, Harvard trailed USC, 12-4. USC defeated Harvard, 16-4. 

Harvard Highlights

 Game Notes

  • Harvard moves to 0-3 all-time against the Trojans. 
  • This was Harvard's second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • Senior captains Harry Tafur and Colin Chiapello make up the winningest class in Harvard men's water polo history. In the pair's four years with the Crimson, the class of 2018 has collected 94 victories, six more than the previous record of 88 set by the class of 2017. 
  • This was Harvard's fourth season with more than 20 victories. The Crimson ended 2017 with 24.