No. 9 Men’s Water Polo Moves Past No. 18 George Washington, 12-11

Photo Credit: Gil Talbot
Photo Credit: Gil Talbot

PRINCETON, N.J.- The Crimson opened the Princeton Invitational with a 12-11 win over No. 18 George Washington at DeNunzio Pool.

In the first minute of the game the Colonials' Nick Schroeder scored off a six-on-five. The Crimson responded back within seconds with a goal from senior Nathan Ondracek. Throughout the first quarter, George Washington held a slight edge over the Crimson despite Ben Wagner's goal from the outside.

Going into the second quarter down 4-2, Austin Sechrest drew a speedy 5M penalty to put the ball in the net. Capitalizing on Sechrest's success, Ondracek, Charlie Owens and Dennis Blyashov added to the fun. The Crimson held George Washington to just two goals at the end, going into the second half of play tied at six.

Much like the first half of play, both teams netted goal after counter goal. George Washington's Jordan Blosser scored of another six-on-five to tie it up 8-8 before Sechrest added his third goal of the game into the equation. The Crimson ended the third with a slight edge over the Colonials 9-8.

Both teams came out firing in the fourth. Blyashov opened score play three minutes into the quarter putting the Crimson in the lead by two. George Washington's Atakan Destici, Andras Levai responded with back-to-back-to-back attacks. Austin Sechrest left a mark in the last two minutes of the game with a goal out of 2M followed by the game winning goal with 39 seconds on the clock. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Five for #5- Austin Sechrest set a season-high five goals along with an assist and two kick outs.
  • In his second career start, freshman Noah Hodge tallied a career-best 12 saves.
  • The Crimson moves to 17-7 in the all-time series against George Washington

Up Next

Water Polo action resumes tomorrow, Sept. 9 to close out the Princeton Invitational. Harvard will face Navy at 10 a.m. and Fordham at 4:45 p.m. at Princeton.