No. 9 Men’s Water Polo Sweeps Wagner, Salem International

No. 9 Men’s Water Polo Sweeps Wagner, Salem International

Freshman Bennie Seybold scored five goals Saturday, including a career-high four scores against Salem International (Paul Rutherford). 

- No. 9 Harvard men's water polo finished 2-0 on day one of the Bison Invitational Saturday. The Crimson began the tournament by defeating Wagner, 12-6, before upending Salem International, 17-4.

Harvard moved to 8-1 overall and has now won six consecutive contests since a 15-8 victory over Wagner on Sept. 4.

In the rematch against the Seahawks, Harvard jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first frame. Sophomore Nick Bunn tallied the first goal for the Crimson before senior Joey Colton found the back of the net to make it 2-0. Senior Viktor Wrobel then beat the Wagner goalkeeper, scoring the first of his three goals and giving Harvard the three-goal advantage.

The Crimson extended its lead to seven (11-4) over the next two quarters, outscoring its opponent by a score of 8-4. Junior Colin Chiapello, senior Noah Harrison and freshmen Austin Sechrest and Bennie Seybold all recorded goals during the stretch.

Chiapello rounded out the scoring for Harvard in the final frame, collecting his second goal of the game to go along with two assists.  Colton and Harrison each notched two helpers as well.

Defensively, Sechrest led the way with three steals while Harrison totaled two. Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley stopped six Seahawks shots while posting three assists and a steal.

The Crimson continued its momentum into the second contest, taking an 11-1 lead over the Tigers after two quarters of play. Harvard increased its lead to 14 (16-2) by the end of the third quarter.

Seybold erupted for a career-best four goals and Harrison recorded a hat trick to lead the offensive attack. Senior Dan Stevens, sophomore Nathan Ondracek, freshman Charlie Owens and Sechrest each chipped in two goals as well.

Colton paced the offense with four assists, Wrobel totaled three helpers while Sechrest, Ondracek and junior Harry Tafur tallied two assists, each. Sophomore Grant Harvey registered two points, scoring once and assisting on one of Sechrests' goals.

Defensively, Sechrest added two more steals against Salem to bring his team-high total to 16. Bunn led the Crimson with two field blocks and freshman goalkeeper Nikhil Suri recorded eight saves to go along with an assist.

Crimson water polo will be back in action tomorrow at the Bison Invitational with matches against Navy at 8:00 a.m. and Washington & Jefferson at 2:15 p.m.