CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 14 Harvard men's water polo team earned two wins Sunday afternoon, defeating Iona and No. 19 St. Francis (N.Y.) at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson defeated the Gaels, 12-6, before edging the Terriers, 15-13.
No. 14 Harvard 12, Iona 6
Sophomore Charlie Owens led the Crimson with five goals against Iona, helping to secure the Crimson's 12-6 victory Sunday morning. Owens netted the first two goals of the game, along with the game-winning seventh goal. Four other players netted goals for the Crimson: sophomore Austin Sechrest, junior Grant Harvey and senior captain Harry Tafur each scored two, while senior captain Colin Chiapello found the back of the net for one goal.
At halftime, Harvard was up 7-5 over Iona. Owens once again got the ball rolling for the Crimson, netting the first goal of the second half. Tafur followed up with a goal of his own, before Sechrest could net his second goal of the game. One more goal in the third quarter for the Crimson by Harvey gave the Crimson an 11-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Suri in net held the Gaels scoreless during the final quarter of play, allowing the Crimson to net one final goal from Tafur for the victory.
- Sophomore Charlie Owens netted five goals against the Gaels, surpassing his previous career-high record of three goals in a game.
- Junior Grant Harvey scored two goals on two shots, while sophomore Austin Sechrest and senior captain Harry Tafur each earned two goals as well.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Nikhil Suri made ten saves.
- Harvard moves to 37-19 all-time against the Gaels.
No. 14 Harvard 15, No. 19 St. Francis (N.Y.) 13
Sophomore Charlie Owens opened the contest with his ninth goal of the weekend, evading two Terrier defensemen to make the shot from five meters out after a whistle. Junior goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley made his presence known, shutting down a Terrier 5-meter penalty shot near the end of the first quarter. The Crimson countered with a goal from senior captain Harry Tafur. The Crimson went into the halftime break with a 6-5 edge on the Terriers.
After halftime, the Crimson called a timeout before a power play opportunity. Harvard was able to set up a play on the 6-on-5 to give Chiapello the opportunity in front of the net to toss in the ball off a pass from Tafur. Chiapello quickly followed up with another goal, before freshman Jackson Enright notched a goal as time expired on another power play. Harvard opened a four goal lead with less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter, dominating the offensive presence to secure a 14-10 score.
- Eight different players scored for the Crimson, led by three goals from freshman Dennis Blyashov.
- Goalkeeper Anthony Ridgley made eight saves.
- Harvard moves to 13-33 all-time against the Terriers.
Harvard will host MIT next Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. for Senior Day. The game will air on the Ivy League Network. That same afternoon, Harvard travles to Brown for a 3 p.m. contest.