CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 11 Harvard men's water polo team dominated day one of the Bison Invite at Bucknell. The Crimson started with a strong 19-6 victory over Salem International, before capping off the night with a 16-11 win over No. 17 George Washington.
No. 11 Harvard 19, Salem International 6
The Crimson ran away with a 10-1 lead in the first quarter against Salem International. At the half, the Crimson led 15-1 over the Tigers. Freshmen Jackson Enright and Dennis Blyashov led the team with three goals apiece.
In net, junior Anthony Ridgley and sophomore Nikhil Suri split time between the pipes. Ridgley, who played the first half, made six saves and held the Tigers scoreless in the second quarter. Suri secured three saves in the second half.
Four more goals from the Crimson secured the 19-6 victory, to kick off day one of the Bison Invite.
- Freshmen Jackson Enright and Dennis Blyashov each earned three goals.
- Five different players followed, with two goals apiece from freshman Ben Wagner, sophomores Austin Sechrest and Charlie Owens, junior Nathan Ondracek and senior captain Colin Chiapello.
- Reigning Northeast Water Polo Conference Defensive Player of the Week, goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley, made six saves playing in the first half of the game.
- Harvard now holds a 3-1 record over Salem International.
No. 11 Harvard 16, No. 17 George Washington 11
Freshman Dennis Blyashov kicked off the scoring run for the Crimson, securing three goals in the first three minutes against the Colonials. Blyashov opened the contest by scoring a 5m penalty drawn by freshman Jackson Enright off a pass from fellow freshman Bruno Snow on a 6-on-5. He finished with four goals total.
On the defensive end, sophomore Austin Sechrest stepped up for the Crimson, making four steals. Sechrest ended the game with four goals of his own. The Crimson, after leading at halftime 9-4, notched seven more goals in the second half to defeat the Colonials 16-11.
- Freshman Dennis Blyashov notched three goals in the first three minutes of play, finishing with four total.
- Sophomore Austin Sechrest made four steals and scored four goals for the Crimson.
- Junior Nick Bunn netted four goals against the Colonials and secured one assist.
- In net, junior Anthony Ridgley secured eight saves for Harvard.
- Harvard moves to 14-7 against the Colonials.
The Crimson continues action tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. against Gannon to close out the Bison Invite.