CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 9 Harvard men's water polo team remains undefeated after winning its first two matches at the Harvard Invite. The Crimson opened the day by defeating No. 15 George Washington 14-13. In its second match, Harvard took down No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer, 17-16 in triple overtime.
Leading the Crimson in scoring on the day was junior Dennis Blyashov with seven tallies followed closely by junior Jackson Enright who had six. Sophomore Michael Sonsini recorded six helpers while Blyashov recorded five. Sophomore goalie Noah Hodge had 22 saves over the two matches.
In its first match of the day, the Crimson got out to an early two-goal lead to start the first quarter and continued to set the pace of the game well into the second. During the second quarter of play, Harvard would establish a three-goal lead twice. George Washington would mount a comeback in the third, scoring three-straight goals to tie the match at 10. The Colonials would erase Harvard's lead two more times in the fourth to bring the score to 13-all with less than a minute remaining. Senior captain Austin Sechrest, however, made the play of the game, forcing a turnover that lead to junior Bruno Snow's game-winning goal with 43 seconds left in the match.
The Crimson continued its strong start in its second match of the day against Pomona-Pitzer, closing out the first half with an 11-7 lead. Both teams had a quiet third quarter, scoring only two goals each, before Pomona-Pitzer went on a five-goal run in the fourth to tie the match up at 14 to force overtime. In the first OT period, Pomona-Pitzer would score first and Enright tie it up by recording a tally with only two seconds left. Sechrest gave the Crimson the lead in the second OT period, but a successful 5M penalty shot by Pomona-Pitzer would force a third sudden death overtime. In the sudden death overtime, Blyashov would score the game-winner 32 seconds in.
- Harvard is now 16-0 and remains the only undefeated team in the CWPA.
- The match against George Washington was Owens' fourth four-goal match of the season.
- Blyashov has recorded 4-plus tallies in five matches this season.
- Snow recorded a career-high four goals against Pomona-Pitzer.
The Crimson continues play at the Harvard Invite tomorrow, Oct. 20, with matches against No. 14 Bucknell and La Salle at 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.