No. 12 Men’s Water Polo Takes Down No. 13 Bucknell, Dartmouth at Harvard Invitational

Senior Noah Harrison led the Crimson offense with seven goals in the victory over No. 13 Bucknell (Paul Rutherford).

– No. 12 Harvard men's water polo defeated No. 13 Bucknell and Dartmouth on the second day of the Harvard Invitational Sunday. The Crimson took down Bucknell, 13-11, before rolling to an 18-6 win over Dartmouth.

The Crimson moved to 16-3 overall as it finished a perfect 4-0 at the Harvard Invitational this weekend. The match against Dartmouth was an exhibition and therefore not added to Harvard's record.  

The Crimson got off to a quick start against the Bison, opening up a four-goal lead in the early goings. Senior Noah Harrison led the Crimson attack, scoring three consecutive goals to start the contest. Junior Nathan Ondracek found the back of the net to give the Crimson the 4-0 advantage.

Bucknell managed to get on the scoreboard late in the first quarter to cut the deficit to three (4-1) after the first period.

Harrison picked up where he left off in the second frame, beating the Bison goalkeeper just 23 seconds into the quarter. Senior Joey Colton then rattled off two goals before Harrison added his fifth of the half to push the Harvard lead to 8-1.

The Bison responded with a run of its own, recording three-straight scores to make it 8-4.

The Crimson added another score before the half as Colton found junior Harry Tafur streaking down the pool on the fastbreak and Tafur did the rest, finishing in the left corner for the 9-4 lead.

Harvard came out of the intermission with a purpose, collecting two quick scores to extend its lead to seven (11-4). Colton scored first for the Crimson and was followed by Harrison to start the second half.

Bucknell was able to bounce back with two scores but after a Harvard timeout, the Crimson worked the ball around to find Dan Stevens in front of the net for the goal to make it 12-6. The Bison scored near the end of the third frame to cut the lead to five (12-7) at the break.

After a Bucknell goal to begin the fourth, Harrison recorded his seventh goal of the game on a penalty shot to give Harvard a 13-8 advantage. That proved to be all the Crimson would need, as Harvard hung on for the 13-11 victory.

Sophomore Nick Bunn paced the offense with three assists while Colton and Stevens added a pair of helpers, each.

Defensively, sophomore goaltender Anthony Ridgley recorded five stops to go along with two steals.

Against the Big Green, Harvard exploded out of the gates to take a 12-3 lead at the half. The Crimson went on to earn an 18-6 victory over Dartmouth.

Freshman Austin Sechrest led Harvard with five goals while junior Nathan Ondracek, senior Viktor Wrobel and sophomore Nick Bunn all recorded multiple goals as well.

Harvard will return to the pool on Oct. 21-23 in west coast action coast as the Crimson travel to California and is slated for four games over the weekend against Loyola Marymount, UC Davis, Fresno Pacific and Santa Clara.