PRINCETON, N.J.- The No. 9 Harvard men's water polo team bested both Navy and Fordham on the final day of the Princeton Invitational. The Crimson defeated Navy 16-9 and kept the momentum flowing into the next face off with a 15-10 win over Fordham.
In the morning matchup against Navy, Dennis Blyashov opened up scoring play with back-to-black goals just a minute and three seconds into the game. Austin Sechrest kept the Crimson goals flowing with a six-on-five goal. Navy's Kevin Volkov responded with a pair of goals, the first came from the outside followed by a shot on a man up. Nathan Ondracek netted one, putting the Crimson up 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
The Crimson widened the gap in the thrid quarter, extending it's lead to 13-8. Charlie Owens converted a goal out of the 2M, while Seybold and Blyashov put one in from the outside.
Throughout the fourth, Crimson put together a strong defense, stopping three Navy six-on-five's to keep the 15-8 lead. In a tag-team fashion, Alex Tsotadze fed Blyashov the ball to convert a goal off the sprint. Tsotadze capped off the game with a drawn penalty and converting it into Harvard's final goal.
During the second competition of the day, Harvard and Fordham countered each other leading to a 3-3 tie at the end of the first quarter. Tsotadze broke the tie with an exciting bar-in goal from the outside, followed by a Fordham counter attack. Additional goals came from Sechrest, Blyashov and Nick Bunn to put the Crimson up with a slight 6-5 lead.
The second half of the game saw more goal action from majority of the Crimson squad. Opening up the third, the spark plug Austin Sechrest propelled the Crimson forward with a goal followed by a Fordham counter. Freshman Michael Sonsini netted a one on zero for Harvard's fifth goal of the quarter and widened the gap to 11-6.
The Crimson closed out the Princeton Invitational with four more goals provided by Tsotadze, Sechrest, Bunn and freshman Michael Del Mundo. Fordham's Will Smoot scored with a second left on the clock, but the Rams fell 15-10.
- Blyashov and Sechrest both totaled seven goals on the day.
- Nikhil Suri set a season-high 11 saves against Fordham, including a stop out of 2M
- The Crimson improves in all-time series to 6-27 with three consecutive wins against Navy
- Harvard continues the ten game win streak improving the all-time series record against Fordham to 32-14
Harvard looks to the west-coast to par take in the Aggie Classic where they will face No. 3 California and a rematch with host UC Davis.