No. 7 Men’s Water Polo Topples MIT in Sunday Afternoon Contest

Photo Credit: Gil Talbot
Photo Credit: Gil Talbot
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 CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Charlie Owens led the offensive attack for the Crimson in the 19-15 victory over the MIT Engineers at Blodgett Pool. Harvard moves to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

The Engineers came out firing in the first period putting up four goals from Clyde Huibregtse, Christian Schillinger and Miller Geschke. The Crimson countered with three goals from junior Charlie Owens with an additional goal from senior Nathan Ondracek. Owens continued his hot streak into the second quarter, leading the Crimson's six-goal rally with three more goals of his own. Additional scores from the Crimson came from junior Austin Sechrest, sophomore Dennis Blyashov and Ondracek.

Moving into the second half of play up 12-8, the Crimson maintained the four-goal difference for the remainder of play, countering the Engineers' fighting efforts. First-year Alex Tsotadze and Ondracek sealed the win with the final Crimson goals. Harvard emerged on top of the high scoring battle 19-15 against MIT. Head Coach Ted Minnis noted the local opponent came out to play, "In a rivalry game, they caught our attention early and then the guys kind of flipped the switch." 

Harvard Highlights

  • Junior Charlie Owens totaled seven goals and drew three designated kick outs against the Engineers.
  • Nathan Ondracek tallied four goals, two assists and one designated kick out.
  • First-year Noah Hodge and senior Anthony Ridgley recorded seven and five saves, respectively.

Up Next

The Crimson will host the Harvard Invite facing non-conference opponents Claremont-M-S, Bucknell and Wagner with and exhibition against Toronto. Water polo action will begin Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. versus the Stags.