No. 11 Men's Water Polo Finishes Undefeated at Bison Invite

No. 11 Men's Water Polo Finishes Undefeated at Bison Invite

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After finishing Saturday with two wins against No. 17 George Washington and Salem International, the No. 11 Harvard men's water polo team finished the weekend strong with an 18-3 win over Gannon to close out the Bison Invite. 

The Crimson put up seven goals in the first quarter, before finishing the first half up 12-2. In net, sophomore goalkeeper Nikhil Suri made 12 key saves to hold the Golden Knights to one goal each quarter. After halftime, Suri continued to key in on Gannon's offense, allowing only one goal in the second half of play.

On offense, Harvard saw goals from nine different players. Sophomores Austin Sechrest and Charlie Owens secured three goals each for the Crimson. Five other players notched two goals apiece, including senior captain Harry Tafur who scored the game-winning fourth goal. The Crimson then cruised to an 18-3 victory to finish out the Bison Invite undefeated in three games. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Sophomores Austin Sechrest and Charlie Owens each earned three goals for the Crimson. 
  • In net, sophomore goalkeeper Nikhil Suri helped keep the Golden Knights to just one goal in each of the first three quarters, totaling 12 saves in the contest. 
  • Harvard is now 8-2 to start the season.

Game Notes: 

  • Harvard moves to 1-0 against Gannon. Sunday's matchup marked the first time both teams had met in competition. 

What's Next:

Harvard travels to Princeton to play the Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.