(Photo by Gil Talbot)
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- On day one of the Bruno Classic, the Harvard men's water polo team defeated No.7 UC- Davis 15-14 but fell to Pepperdine 9-6 in the second competition of the day.
In the first game, the Crimson topped the No.7 Aggies from UC-Davis in nail-biting fashion. The game opened with a goal from senior Nathan Ondracek assisted by Austin Sechrest on a six-on-five. Sechrest capitalized on Ondarcek's success, scoring the next two goals for the Crimson. In his career debut, freshman Alex Tsotadze added two goals.
The Crimson continued a back-and-forth rally with the Aggies leading up to a speedy backhand goal from Ondracek off a drive. Junior Charlie Owens netted the ball out of two meter putting the Crimson in the lead to the end.
In what began as a slow start, the Crimson fell to Pepperdine 9-6 for the second game of the Bruno Classic. Senior Nick Bunn opened up play with a goal off a six-on-five drawn by Tsotadze. With three of the six goals scored throughout the game, Dennis Blyashov opened up his scoring drive by netting a 5M foul to a shot.
Freshman Noah Hodge began his career with multiple blocks including a standout stop from the 2M maintaining an even score. However, the Crimson ran out of energy in the fourth quarter allowing Pepperdine to take the lead.
The Crimson will return to play Sept. 2 in a home opening series at Blodgett Pool against newly-founded men's water polo team from Austin College at 8:30 a.m. and No.5 Pacific at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcasted on ESPN+.