No. 12 Men’s Water Polo Dominates on Day One of the Harvard Invitational

Senior Joey Colton recorded four goals in a win over Wagner on Saturday (Paul Rutherford).

– No. 12 Harvard men's water polo rolled to victories over Toronto and Wagner on the first day of the Harvard Invitational. The Crimson defeated Toronto, 12-3, before taking down Wagner for the third time this season by a score of 17-11.

The Crimson moved to 15-3 overall as Harvard has now won four of its last five contests. The Crimson finishes play at the Harvard Invitational tomorrow with a match against No. 13 Bucknell at 8 a.m. and an exhibition against Dartmouth at 10:30 a.m.

In the opener against Toronto, Harvard set the tone early and held its opponent scoreless in the first quarter. The Crimson opened up an 8-1 advantage by halftime as Toronto struggled to contain the Harvard attack.

Harvard continued its strong play in the second half and secured the 12-3 win over the visiting Varsity Blues.

Senior Noah Harrison and Junior Colin Chiapello led the Harvard offense with three goals, each. Harrison added two assists while Chiapello displayed his defensive prowess with four steals.

Sophomore Nick Bunn recorded two goals and an assist, while junior Harry Tafur and freshman Bennie Seybold tallied two assists apiece.

Defensivley, freshman goaltender Nikhil Suri totaled seven saves to go along with two steals. Freshman Austin Sechrest added three steals as well.

In the next game against Wagner, Harvard erupted for 17 goals, recording its second-highest total of the season. Harvard earned its third win over the Seahawks as the Crimson defeated Wagner earlier this year on Sept. 4 and Sept. 17.

Harvard once again dominated the opening half, taking a 12-2 lead at the intermission. The Crimson was led by senior Joey Colton with four goals in the half.

Wagner outscored the Crimson 9-5 in the second half, but it wouldn't be enough as Harvard held on for the 17-11 victory.

Chiapello totaled four more goals for a total of seven on the day, while junior Nathan Ondracek, Harrison and Bunn each scored twice. Ondracek and Harrison also totaled season-highs with three assists apiece.

Sophomore Grant Harvey led the defense with three steals and Ondracek collected two of his own. Sophomore goaltender Anthony Ridgley notched his fourth double-digit save performance with 11 saves while dishing out two assists.