No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Concludes Bruno Classic with 15-8 Victory over Wagner

No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Concludes Bruno Classic with 15-8 Victory over Wagner

Junior Harry Tafur dished out a career-high five assists against Wagner (Zack Williamson).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's water polo team capped off a strong opening weekend with a 15-8 defeat of Wagner College on Sunday afternoon. Four different Crimson tallied at least two goals and junior Harry Tafur collected a career-high five assists as No. 14 Harvard finished 3-1 at the Bruno Classic.

The Crimson (3-1) began the weekend with victories over No. 16 Johns Hopkins and No. 10 UC Davis before dropping their final match of day one to No. 4 Pacific. Harvard bounced back in a big way against Wagner (0-3), holding their opponents to single digits for the first time this season.

Harvard jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the opening frame and never looked back. The Crimson increased its lead after every quarter, eventually taking home the 15-8 victory.

Senior Noah Harrison recorded his third game with at least three goals, beating the Seahawks goalkeeper four times in the contest. Harrison has now scored in four consecutive games, and he has a team-high 12 goals in 2016.

The Crimson also received significant offensive contributions from freshman Charlie Owens and seniors Joey Colton and Viktor Wrobel. Owens collected his first collegiate hat trick, while Colton and Wrobel added a pair of goals, each.

Freshman Austin Sechrest, sophomore Grant Harvey, junior Nathan Ondracek, and Tafur each found the back of the net as well.

Tafur helped guide the Crimson attack against Wagner, totaling five assists and six points, both career-highs. Sophomore Nick Bunn also dished out a pair of assists for Harvard.

Freshman goalkeeper Nikhil Suri was once again solid in net, stopping 11 Seahawks shots. Harvard played strong collectively on the defensive end as five different players recorded a steal in the game.

The Crimson return to the pool for the Princeton Invitational next weekend on Sept. 10-11. Harvard will take on Air Force (2:15 pm) and UC San Diego (7:15 pm) on Saturday, before a bout with Fordham (1:30 pm) on Sunday.