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No. 9 Men’s Water Polo Ready for Bison Invitational

No. 9 Men’s Water Polo Ready for Bison Invitational

Junior Colin Chiapello totaled eight goals in three contests last weekend (Paul Rutherford).

Tournament Info
Date
Venue

    Bison Invitational hosted by Bucknell
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18
Kinney Natatorium

Matchup
Date/Time

Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

                          No. 9 Harvard vs. Wagner
    Saturday, Sept. 17 - 9:30 a.m.
Kinney Natatorium
Harvard leads, 1-0
W, 15-8 (Sept. 4, 2016)
W1

Matchup
Date/Time

Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

      No. 9 Harvard vs. Salem International
Saturday, Sept. 17 - 5:00 p.m.
Kinney Natatorium
Series tied, 1-1
W, 15-6 (Sept. 30, 2000)
W1

Matchup
Date/Time

Venue
Series
Last 
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                                         No. 9 Harvard vs. Navy
Sunday, Sept. 18 - 8:00 a.m.
Kinney Natatorium
Harvard trails, 4-27
W, 19-12 (Nov. 20, 2015)
W1

Matchup
Date/Time

Venue
Series
Last 
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          No. 9 Harvard vs. Washington & Jefferson
Sunday, Sept. 18 - 2:15 p.m.
Kinney Natatorium
Harvard leads, 5-0
W, 17-10 (Sept. 8, 2013)
W5

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 9 Harvard men's water polo looks to keep its early-season momentum going as the Crimson head to Bucknell to compete in the Bison Invitational this weekend. Harvard opens the weekend with matches against Wagner and Salem International Saturday before concluding the tournament against Navy and Washington & Jefferson on Sunday.

Last Time Out
The Crimson erupted out of the gates in the 2016 season, cruising to a 6-1 record while taking down four nationally-ranked opponents. Harvard is currently on a four-game winning streak after finishing a perfect 3-0 at the Princeton Invitational. The Crimson defeated No. 15 Air Force in sudden-death overtime, 13-12, and No. 10 UC San Diego by a score of 12-10 on Saturday, before wrapping up with a 15-4 defeat over Fordham Sunday.

Historic Beginnings
Harvard is off to its best start in nearly a decade, matching the 6-1 start by the 2007 Crimson squad. The No. 9 ranking also marks the highest in school history.

Down to the Wire
The Crimson has posted a 3-0 mark in games decided by two goals or less this season. Along with Air Force and UC San Diego last weekend, Harvard also defeated No. 10 UC Davis by a one-goal margin (13-12) earlier this year.
 
Balanced Attack
Eleven different Crimson have scored at least five goals this season. Senior Noah Harrison leads the squad with 20, while junior Colin Chiapello and senior Joey Colton have also reached double digits with 14 and 10, respectively.
 
Scoring Spree
Harrison has found the back of the net in every game this season for the Crimson. He has recorded a hat trick in five contests, including a season-high four against UC Davis and Wagner.

Quick Hands
Freshman Austin Sechrest currently leads Harvard with 11 swipes on the year. Harrison has been active on the defensive end as well, recording 10 steals through seven games.

Dynamic Duo
The tandem of sophomore Anthony Ridgley and Nikhil Suri has proved to be extremely effective in net for the Crimson. Each goalkeeper has totaled a double-digit save performance and seen action in at least four matches during the 6-1 stretch.

Scouting Wagner
Wagner boasts a varsity men's water polo team for the first time ever in 2016. The Seahawks are currently 1-5, including a 15-8 loss to the Crimson earlier this season. Junior Ciaran Wolohan and Devin O'Donnell combined for six of Wagner's eight goals in the contest. Wagner is in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference in the East Region.

Scouting Salem International
Salem International is off to a 1-5 start in its 2016 campaign. The Tigers opened the season with a 20-9 win over Cal Tech. Freshman Milos Popovic and junior Djordje Stavrevski currently lead Salem in total offense. Popovic has collected 21 goals and 10 assists, while Stavrevski ranks second in goals with 19 to go along with 10 helpers.

Scouting Navy
Navy is off to a hot start in 2016, currently holding a 5-1 record with the one loss coming in overtime against Cerritos College. Navy has had 21 different players record goals this season, led by junior Jared Castillo and senior David Huber with nine goals apiece. Freshman Ronan Williams has been the primary goalkeeper with 26 saves and a .722 save percentage.

Scouting Washington & Jefferson
Washington & Jefferson opened its season at the Mercyhurst Invitational this past weekend. The Presidents went 1-2, defeating Salem International by a score of 14-13 for its first victory of the season. First-year coach Cassie Wyckoff has taken over the program after serving a season on the women's coaching staff at Stanford. 
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