No. 10 Men’s Water Polo Opens The Harvard Invite with a 12-8 Victory Over Claremont-M-S

Photo Credit: Gil Talbot
Photo Credit: Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The No. 10 Harvard men's water polo team topped Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 12-8 to kick-off the 2018 Harvard Invite. The Crimson moves to 14-4 overall this season.

Junior Austin Sechrest led the way for the Crimson, finding the net quickly before classmate Charlie Owens put Harvard up 2-0. The Stags took advantage of a five-meter opportunity from Zach Rossman, but Sechrest quickly sent a counter shot to keep the Crimson's two goal lead. Harvard notched four more goals from Bruno Snow, Jackson Enright, Grant Harvey and Nick Bunn along with a penalty shot from Dennis Blyashov to exit the first half leading 7-3.

Both teams kept a strong defense, holding the other at bay until CMS' Robert Driscoll and Rossman strung two together to make it 7-5. Owens found his second goal of the night and a brief Crimson rally with back-to-back goals from first-year Alex Tsotadze. The Crimson allowed three more goals before concluding the night with goals from Blyashov and Tsotadze. 

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The Crimson returns to the pool tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, Oct. 13 to take on No. 17 Bucknell at Blodgett Pool at 3:30 p.m. Harvard will conclude the tournament with an exhibition match against Toronto before returning to regular season competition against No. 20 Wagner Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.