No. 15 Men’s Water Polo Travels to California for Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament

No. 15 Men’s Water Polo Travels to California for Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament

The Crimson will head west for four contests this weekend (Gil Talbot).


Tournament

Date
Venue

Game Sheets


Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22, 2017
Sullivan Aquatics Center and West Valley College
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Matchup
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Time
Venue
Video
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

No. 15 Harvard vs. Santa Clara
Oct. 20, 2017
8 p.m. EST | 5 p.m. PST
Sullivan Aquatics Center
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Harvard trails, 4-7
      W, 12-7 (Oct. 23, 2017)
W3

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Time
Venue
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

No. 15 Harvard vs. Fresno Pacific
Oct. 21, 2017
1:20 p.m. EST | 10:20 a.m. PST
Sullivan Aquatics Center
Harvard leads, 2-0
      W, 18-8 (Oct. 22, 2017)
W2

Matchup
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Time
Venue
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

No. 15 Harvard vs. No. 11 San Jose State
Oct. 21, 2017
5:20 p.m. EST | 2:20 p.m. PST
West Valley College
Harvard leads 1-0
      W, 10-8 (Oct. 23, 2015)
W1

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

No. 15 Harvard vs. No. 9 UC Davis
Oct. 22, 2017
1:20 p.m. EST | 10:20 a.m. PST
West Valley College
Harvard leads, 5-4
      W, 16-15 OT (Dec. 1, 2016)
W1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 15 Harvard men's water polo team, currently on a six-game win streak, looks to continue its success this weekend in California for the Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament hosted by Santa Clara and San Jose State. The Crimson will play four games over the course of three days, including a Friday night contest against the host team Santa Clara at 8 p.m. EST. On Saturday, Harvard will face Fresno Pacific at 1:20 p.m. EST before facing San Jose State at 5:20 p.m. EST. The Crimson will close out the weekend on Sunday against UC Davis at 1:20 p.m. EST.

Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off a 3-0 weekend at its own Harvard Invite, defeating Johns Hopkins, Pomona-Pitzer and George Washington. Freshman Dennis Blyashov led the offense with 14 goals on the weekend, while goalkeepers Anthony Ridgley and Nikhil Suri held down the defensive effort. Ridgley totaled 24 saves while Suri had 13.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard has 14 wins this season and only four losses, having won its last six games. The Crimson is undefeated at neutral sites with six wins, and is 2-2 in true road contests. Freshman Dennis Blyashov leads the Crimson with 54 goals, while classmate Bruno Snow and senior captain Harry Tafur are tied with 30 assists apiece. Harvard has relied on both goalkeepers this season, as junior Anthony Ridgley and sophomore Nikhil Suri have split time in net. Ridgley is two saves shy of 100, while Suri has 69.

Scouting Santa Clara
Santa Clara is 4-8 this season, with its last win coming on Sept. 16 against Whittier. Senior John Raineri currently leads the team with 15 goals this season. Junior Emil Huebner and sophomore Keaton Fox have split time in net for the Broncos, with Huebner totaling 107 goals against compared to Fox's 29.

Scouting Fresno Pacific
The Sunbirds are 4-11 this season, having split last weekend's play, 1-1, against Sierra College and Concordia. Junior Kyle Eoff leads the team with 24 goals, while classmate Lazar Raca is close behind with 18. Goalkeepers Joseph Costa and Joshua Ramage have split time in net, combining for a total of 359 saves on the season.

Scouting San Jose State
The Spartans are 9-8 this season and 7-3 at neutral sites. The Spartans most recently competed against No. 8 US Santa Barbara and California, splitting the games. Sophomore Finn Pardon led the Spartans against Cal with three goals, while Bendeguz Toth, Giacomo Lovatelli and Jacob Mercep each had one.

Scouting UC Davis
The Aggies come into the Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament with a 12-5 overall record. UC Davis is currently on a three-game win streak, having beaten Air Force, Santa Clara and Concordia. The Crimson will look to shut down the Aggie's offense and key player Ido Goldschmidt, who leads UC Davis with 28 goals.

About Harvard
The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach, Ted Minnis, enters his eighth season at the helm of Crimson water polo after completing his most successful season to date. Minnis became the winningest coach in Harvard men's water polo history when Harvard defeated Johns Hopkins in last year's Bruno Classic. He now boasts a total of 136 victories with the Crimson.

The Crimson finished 27-7 during the 2016 season, including the team's first NCAA tournament appearance, having earned a spot in the final four. Harvard went 7-3 in conference play and defeated Brown for the team's first NWPC Championship title.

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