No. 9 Men’s Water Polo Off to Best Start in Program History

No. 9 Men’s Water Polo Off to Best Start in Program History

Head coach Ted Minnis and the Crimson are off to the best start in Harvard water polo history (Paul Rutherford).

. – No. 9 Harvard men's water polo extended its win streak to eight with victories over Navy, 13-4, and Washington & Jefferson, 15-5, at the Bison Invitational on Sunday. The Crimson moved to 10-1 overall, marking the best start to a season in program history.

Harvard finished 4-0 at the Bison Invitational after defeating Wagner and Salem International Saturday. The Crimson defense stifled its opponents throughout the weekend, allowing just 19 goals over four games.

In the opener against the Midshipmen, Harvard led wire-to-wire and controlled the tempo from the start. The Crimson blanked its opponents in the first quarter, taking an early 4-0 lead. Harvard extended the lead throughout the contest, securing the 13-4 victory with some stellar effort on the defensive end.

Sophomore goaltender Anthony Ridgley totaled a career-high 15 saves, including five saves in the opening frame to set the tone. The rest of the defense followed suit as Harvard recorded 12 steals against Navy. Senior Noah Harrison, junior Harry Tafur, along with freshmen Bennie Seybold and Austin Sechrest each collected two swipes.

Offensively, Harrison led the Crimson with three goals, marking the seventh time this season he has totaled a hat trick. Senior Joey Colton, sophomore Nick Bunn, and freshman Charlie Owens collected two goals apiece.

Senior Dan Stevens paced Harvard with a game-high three assists, while Ridgley added two helpers.

The Crimson then rolled to a 15-5 win over Washington & Jefferson. Harvard built an 11-3 lead at the half before shutting out the Presidents during the third frame to take a double-digit (13-3) advantage.

Ten different Crimson scored in the contest, led by three from Sechrest. Senior Viktor Wrobel, sophomore Nathan Ondrasek and Bunn all recorded two goals as well. Junior Colin Chiapello and sophomore Grant Harvey each totaled two points, scoring once and adding an assist.

Colton and Harrison helped facilitate on the offensive end, each dishing out two assists to lead the Crimson.

Defensively, freshman goaltender Nikhil Suri registered nine saves to go along with three assists and a steal. Sechrest collected a career-high four steals to lead Harvard.

Harvard water polo will return to action on Saturday, October 1 when it takes on Iona at 10 a.m. and St. Francis at 5:00 p.m.