CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 13 Harvard men's water polo team will honor the winningest class in program history prior to the start of this Saturday's 10 a.m. contest against MIT at Blodgett Pool. Harvard will then travel to No. 16 Brown for a 3 p.m. contest. Both games will air on the Ivy League Network.
The Senior Class
Senior captains Colin Chiapello and Harry Tafur make up the Crimson's winningest class in program history. The class of 2018 has accumulated 89 wins in four years, including a program-high 27 wins in 2016. Chiapello has totaled 142 goals, 93 assists and, 110 steals while Tafur has amassed 63 goals, 138 assists and 40 steals.
Harvard is 19-6 on the season and 7-2 in conference play. The Crimson is currently on a three-game win streak, thanks to wins this past weekend over conference opponents Princeton, Iona and St. Francis. Freshman Dennis Blyashov leads the Crimson with 69 goals, while sophomore Austin Sechrest has 53 and junior Nick Bunn has 41. Senior captain Harry Tafur owns the No. 1 spot for assists, with 48. Freshman Bruno Snow leads Harvard with 28 steals. In net, junior Anthony Ridgley has accumulated 130 saves on the season, while sophomore Nikhil Suri has secured 94.
The Engineers have secured a 9-15 overall record and a 2-6 record in conference play. MIT most recently lost, 14-6, to conference opponent St. Francis (N.Y.) last weekend. Freshman Myles Stapelberg led the Engineers with two goals against the Terriers, while goalkeepers Hayden Niederreiter and Miguel Lamar split time between the pipes. Niederreiter made six saves while Lamar secured one.
The Bears are 16-11 overall this season and 3-5 in conference play. Harvard and Brown met earlier this season in October, with the Crimson edging the Bears, 11-10, in overtime. Senior Tyler Kirchberg currently leads the Bears with 41 goals and 41 assists. The Crimson will also look to shut down sophomore Armen Deirmenjian, who leads Brown with 53 steals.
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 141 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.
The Crimson will host the NEWPC Championship starting on Nov. 17. All games will air on the Ivy League Network.
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