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No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Hosts Harvard Invite

No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Hosts Harvard Invite

Tournament
Date
Venue
Video
Game Sheets

Harvard Invite
Friday-Sunday Oct. 13-15
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Network
Tournament Central

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

No. 14 Harvard vs. Johns Hopkins
Oct. 13, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Network
Eric Gallanty
Harvard trails, 6-10
      W, 10-8 (Sept. 3, 2016)
W1

Matchup

Date
Time
Venue
Video
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

No. 14 Harvard vs. No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer
Oct. 14, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Network
Andy Towne
Harvard trails, 3-7
      W, 7-3 (Oct. 3, 2014)
W11

Matchup

Date
Time
Venue
Video
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

No. 14 Harvard vs. George Washington
Oct. 15, 2017
10:30 a.m.
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Network
Bill Spaulding, Alex Thomas
Harvard leads, 14-7
      W, 16-11 (Sept. 16, 2017)
W4

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 14 Harvard men's water polo team, coming off a 2-0 weekend, is set to host the annual Harvard Invite this weekend. Harvard kicks off the competition on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. against Johns Hopkins, before playing No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Crimson will conclude the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m. when Harvard plays George Washington. All games will be played at Blodgett Pool and air on the Ivy League Network.

Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off a 2-0 weekend with wins over No. 15 Brown and MIT. Junior Nathan Ondracek netted the overtime game-winner for the Crimson to help secure the 11-10 victory over the Bears this past Saturday. That same night, the Crimson traveled to MIT for an 8 p.m. contest, with Harvard earning the 10-8 victory. In net, reigning NWPC Defensive Player of the Week Nikhil Suri made eight saves against the Engineers.

Scouting Harvard
Freshman Dennis Blysahov continues to lead the Crimson on offense, having tallied 40 goals in 15 games. Close behind is sophomore Austin Sechrest with 32. Eight different players are in double-digits for steals, with Blyashov leading the way with 20, followed by senior captain Colin Chiapello who has 18.

In net, both junior Anthony Ridgley and sophomore Nikhil Suri continue to split time, having helped lead the Crimson to an 11-4 record. Ridgley has totaled 74 saves while Suri has 56.  

Scouting Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins is 11-8 this season, and is currently on a three-game win streak. The Blue Jays are coming off a 17-13 win over La Verne in California where junior Josh Kurtz led the Blue Jays with six points thanks to three goals and three assists. Senior Jono Gillette and sophomore Finn Banks each netted three goals in the contest.  

Scouting Pomona-Pitzer
The Sagehens are 10-8 this season and are currently on an eight-game win streak. Pomona-Pitzer is coming off an 11-9 victory over La Verne in California, but prior to that the Sagehens went 4-0 at the Gary Troyer Tournament beating Fresno Pacific, Air Force, McKendree and Navy. Sophomore Joseph Schafer currently leads the Sagehens with 24 goals.

Scouting George Washington
The Colonials have secured a 9-7 record this season and are 3-1 on the road. All seven of the Colonial's losses this season have come against ranked opponents. George Washington and Harvard have met twice already this season, with the Crimson coming out victorious both times. The Crimson will look to defend George Washington's Andrew Mavis, who netted five goals total in the two previous contests against Harvard.

About Harvard
The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach, Ted Minnis, enters his eighth season at the helm of Crimson water polo after completing his most successful season to date. Minnis became the winningest coach in Harvard men's water polo history when Harvard defeated Johns Hopkins in last year's Bruno Classic. He now boasts a total of 133 victories with the Crimson.

The Crimson finished 27-7 during the 2016 season, including the team's first NCAA tournament appearance, having earned a spot in the final four. Harvard went 7-3 in conference play and defeated Brown for the team's first NWPC Championship title.

What's Next?
Harvard will head west to Santa Clara, California for the Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament Oct. 20-22. The Crimson will play four games that weekend against Santa Clara, Wagner, San Jose State and UC Davis. Exact times can be found here.

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ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS