SANTA CLARA, Calif.- Despite a strong second half attack, the No. 13 Harvard men's water polo squad fell to Santa Clara, 15-13, on the opening day of the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament and moves to 15-6 overall.
Santa Clara tallied the first two goals of the contest before Charlie Owens answered with a counter tally. Shortly after, Bennie Seybold connected with Jackson Enright and pushed Harvard into the second period trailing 5-2. While the Crimson posted three more goals from Enright, Alex Tsotadze and Nathan Ondracek, Santa Clara's Reilly May and Shane Hughes kept the Bronco's 8-5 lead.
The Crimson came out energetic in the third quarter. After Ondracek's win for the sprint, Bruno Snow assisted Charlie Owens to put Harvard within two before a goal-for-goal banter began. Owens continued his hot streak stringing together back-to-back attacks, inching Harvard closer to Santa Clara, 10-12. Although the Crimson outscored the Broncos 8-7 during the back half of play, it was not enough to overcome the two-goal deficit.
- Junior Charlie Owens recorded five goals, his third game this season with five or more goals.
- Junior Nikhil Suri recorded 10 saves along with an assist.
The Crimson takes on two ranked opponents tomorrow, No. 19 San Jose State at 1:20 p.m. EST and No. 18 Loyola Marymount at and 5:20 p.m. EST.