No. 10 Men’s Water Polo Takes Down Iona, 17-7

Sophomore Nick Bunn scored a career-high five goals to help lead the Crimson to a win over the Gaels (Paul Rutherford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
– No. 10 Harvard men's water polo finished off its regular season with a 17-7 victory over Iona. The Crimson outscored the Gaels 9-1 in the second half to secure the win.

Harvard moved to 22-6 overall, including a 7-3 mark in Northeast Water Polo Conference play. The Crimson now look ahead to the NWPC Tournament on Nov. 18-20 in Princeton, N.J.

The visiting Gaels struck first against the Crimson, taking a 1-0 lead at the 5:11 mark of the first quarter. That would be the final lead Iona would hold, as sophomore Nathan Ondracek tallied two consecutive goals for the Crimson to take a one-goal advantage (2-1) with 3:29 to play in the opening frame.

The two NWPC teams traded scores for the remainder of the quarter as a goal from senior Dan Stevens was matched by the Gales with just 12 seconds left in the first to make it 3-3.

Harvard's offense found its rhythm to start the second frame as two goals from sophomore Nick Bunn, along with scores from the captains, senior Joey Colton and junior Harry Tafur, increased the Crimson lead to 7-3 with five minutes left in the second.

Iona, however, fought off the Harvard onslaught and responded with a trio of scores of its own to narrow the deficit to 8-6 at the intermission.

Harvard dominated from the opening whistle of the second half, outscoring Iona 9-1 in the final two periods. Bunn tallied three straight for the Crimson in the third quarter, and Stevens and senior Noah Harrison added goals to make it 13-7 heading into the fourth.

Senior Viktor Wrobel started the Crimson scoring in the fourth, followed by Tafur and Harrison. Freshman Charlie Owens scored the final goal of the game for Harvard, scoring on a shifty move on the inside to give the Harvard the 17-7 advantage.

Bunn led all scorers with five goals, while Ondracek collected a hat trick and Stevens, Harrison and Tafur all notched two scores.

Three different Crimson recorded at least three assists against the Gaels, led by four from Tafur and a trio for both Harrison and freshman Bennie Seybold.

Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley totaled nine saves in net to go along with an assist. Harrison amassed five steals and Wrobel collected a pair of swipes of his own.