Senior Joey Colton paced the Crimson with four assists against Fordham (Zack Williamson).
PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 12 Harvard men's water polo handed Fordham a 15-4 defeat to finish a perfect 3-0 at the Princeton Invitational over the weekend. The Crimson dominated from the opening whistle against Fordham, building a steady lead and locking down the Rams defensively throughout the match.
Harvard capped off a phenomenal weekend after taking down No. 15 Air Force and No. 10 UC San Diego on Saturday. The Crimson moved to 6-1 overall and have already defeated four nationally-ranked opponents on the year.
Junior Colin Chiapello and senior Noah Harrison led the Crimson attack with four and three goals, respectively. Chiapello tied his season-high with the four scores, while Harrison tallied a hat trick for the fifth time in seven games. Guiding the offense, senior Joey Colton notched a game-high four assists. Colton currently leads Harvard with 17 assists.
The Crimson also received multi-goal performances from freshmen Austin Sechrest and Charlie Owens, as well as sophomore Nick Bunn. Colton and freshman Bennie Seybold each added a goal to round out the scoring for Harvard.
Defensively, the Crimson put together a dominating performance. Harvard allowed a season-low four goals, recording 14 steals as a defensive unit. Senior Viktor Wrobel, along with Harrison, Bunn, Sechrest, and Owens collected two steals apiece.
Sophomore Anthony Ridgley and freshman Nikhil Suri split time in goal. Ridgely totaled three saves while Suri stopped two Rams shots. Fordham scored just once in the second half and Harvard outscored its opponent, 5-0, in the fourth quarter to earn the double-digit margin of victory.
Crimson water polo returns to the pool Sept. 17-18 for the Bison Invitational, hosted by Bucknell. Harvard is slated to face Wagner and Salem International Saturday, before squaring off against Navy and Washington & Jefferson on Sunday.