Freshman Austin Sechrest did it all for Harvard at the Rodeo Tournament, totaling five goals, five assists and seven steals on the weekend (Paul Rutherford).
No. 13 Harvard vs. MIT
No. 13 Harvard vs. No. 10 Brown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 13 Harvard men's water polo resumes Northeast Water Polo Conference play this weekend as it makes the short trips to MIT and No. 10 Brown on Saturday. The Crimson sits in third place with a mark of 3-2 in the NWPC, trailing No. 10 Brown and No. 11 Princeton by one game in the conference standings.
Last Time Out
Harvard traveled to the West Coast for the Rodeo Tournament hosted by Santa Clara and San Jose State last weekend. The Crimson finished 2-2, winning its last two games against Fresno Pacific and then-No. 20 Santa Clara, after falling by just one goal to No. 20 Loyola Marymount and No. 8 UC Davis to open the tournament.
Northeast Water Polo Conference
The Crimson finished 3-2 after playing the five other teams in the NWPC, defeating Iona, MIT and Princeton, while coming up short against Brown and St. Francis Brooklyn. Harvard will travel to take on MIT and Brown this weekend, before hosting the other three teams over the next weekend (Nov. 5-6).
Earning Its Stripes
With the win over No. 20 Santa Clara, Harvard earned a win over its seventh ranked opponent this season. The Crimson has two ranked matchups upcoming with No. 10 Brown and No. 11 Princeton left on the schedule.
West Coast Party
Senior Noah Harrison, junior Colin Chiapello and sophomore Nick Bunn turned in big performances on the offensive side of the ball during the Rodeo Tournament. All three players recorded a game with four goals over the weekend. Chiapello and Bunn did it in the same game, leading the Crimson to a 12-7 win against No. 20 Santa Clara.
Offensive Fire Power
Harrison continues to impress on the offensive end as he now has 60 goals on the season. He has recorded 12 hat tricks and scored in all but two games. Harrison isn't the only Crimson to consistently find the back of the net, however, as eight of his teammates have eclipsed the 20-goal plateau as well.
Senior Joey Colton has recorded multiple assists in 16 games this season, including three games at the Rodeo Tournament. Colton has amassed a team-high 50 assists and is averaging two helpers per game.
Freshmen Bennie Seybold, Austin Sechrest, Charlie Owens and Nikhil Suri have all had a major impact on the Crimson in their first year of collegiate action. Offensively, Sechrest, Owens and Seybold all have at least 20 goals on the year. Defensively, Sechrest leads Harvard with 34 steals, while Suri has continued to play well in goal with 84 stops this season.
MIT enters the final stretch of its season with a 9-9 overall record, including 0-5 in NWPC play. In its first matchup against the Crimson, the Engineers were handed an 11-8 defeat at home. MIT has picked up momentum as of late, winning its last four games. Offensively, MIT is led by sophomore Luka Knezevic with 30 goals and senior Zach Churukian with 20 assists. Senior Nolan Kruse has taken care of the duties in net, amassing 238 stops on the season.
Scouting No. 10 Brown
Brown has found its stride late in the 2016 season, currently riding an eight-game winning streak as it heads into the conference play. The Bears are 16-6 overall and find themselves in a tie for first in the NWPC at 4-1. Brown is led by junior Tyler Kirchberg and senior Luke Irwin with 29 and 25 goals, respectively. Defensively, senior Luke Weisner has totaled 126 saves between the pipes for the Bears.