No. 7 Men's Water Polo Finds Success in Golden Goal Play over No. 12 Princeton

Photo Credit: Gil Talbot
Photo Credit: Gil Talbot

PRINCETON, N.J.- Seeing golden goal action for the second time this season, the No. 7 Harvard men's water polo team topped No. 12 Princeton 13-12, improving to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play. 

The Tigers began the game with a strong offense, opening up scoring play with two goals from Wyatt Benson and Alec Mendelsohn. Charlie Owens quickly countered off a six-on-four to put the Crimson on the board. Moving into the second quarter trailing 5-2, Nick Bunn found Alex Tsotadze for his second goal of the day. Princeton found success with a three-goal run to exit the half leading Harvard 6-3. 

Grant Harvey found the back of the net for the first goal of the second half. Harvard struggled to break through the Tiger defense until Tsotadze and Charlie Owens gave life to the Crimson offense. A buzzer beater from Nathan Ondracek brought Harvard within three heading into the fourth 11-8. The Harvard offense rallied back beginning with a two-second play from Anthony Ridgley to Owens before Ondracek put together two-goals, forcing overtime. 

In the first overtime, Nathan Ondracek gave the Crimson its first lead of the game, but the Tigers' Mednelsohn tied up at 12 in the required second overtime period. Both teams moved to golden goal with Harvard winning the sprint and called a timeout to draw up the winning play. Princeton native, senior Nick Bunn notched the winning shot putting the Crimson up 13-12 over the Tigers. 

Harvard Highlights 

* First-year Alex Tsotadze tallied three goals on day, the tying goal with just a minute left in regulation, which forced overtime. 

* Nathan Ondracek and Charlie Owens both collected three goals on the day. 

* Nick Bunn put together two goals, including the game-winning golden goal. 

Up Next 

The Crimson will return to Blodgett Pool on Saturday, Sept. 6 to face Brown at 10 a.m. and a rematch against Princeton at 7 p.m.