No. 12 Men’s Water Polo Downs No. 17 St. Francis (N.Y.) and Iona, Moves to 12-0

Kaleb Archer Action Shot
Photo Credit: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 12 Harvard men's water polo team defeated both No. 17 St. Francis (N.Y.), 17-15, and Iona, 19-9, on the road to remain undefeated. The Crimson is the only team in the CWPA who has not lost a match this season.

In the opening match of the day, sophomore Alex Tsotadze tallied career highs with five goals and three steals. Junior Dennis Blyashov found the back of the net four times while also coming up with a steal during a 6-on-5 play for St. Francis (N.Y.). Sophomore Noah Hodge only allowed two goals through the first quarter of play and blocked his second 5M penalty shot in as many games in the fourth quarter.

The Crimson continued its success into the afternoon against the Iona Gaels. Tsotadze again scored five times in the contest and senior captain Charlie Owens notched four goals. Both senior captain Austin Sechrest and first-year Kaleb Archer had hat tricks to add to the Crimson's lead. Hodge had eleven saves in the first three quarters of the match, allowing Iona only two goals in each quarter, before handing off duties to sophomore Oliver Oz. Oz tallied three saves in the fourth quarter.

Harvard Highlights

  • The Crimson has now won 12 straight to start the season, the longest win streak in program history.
  • Tsotadze led the Crimson in scoring with 11 goals through three games this weekend.
  • Sophomore Jackson Enright tallied a career-high four steals against St. Francis (N.Y.).

Next Up
The Crimson will continue conference play with matches at Brown and MIT on Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. and Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. respectively.