SAN JOSE, Calif. - The No.13 Harvard men's water polo team dropped its first match against No. 19 San Jose State, 13-12, on day two of the Julian Fraser Memorial tournament, but rebounded with a 14-11 win over No. 18 Loyola Marymount in game two. Harvard moves to 16-7 on the season.
During the morning match against San Jose State, the Crimson's Nathan Ondracek won the sprint leading to Alex Tsotadze's opening score before the Spartans strung two of their own together. Capitalizing on a penalty, Nick Bunn began Harvard's three goal rally before Grant Harvey added a tally of his own to put the Crimson up 6-4 going into the second half of play.
The Crimson began the third quarter capitalizing on goals from Sechrest and Bruno Snow, prior to San Jose's fight to close Harvard's gap. Dennis Blyashov notched back-to-back goals in the fourth to keep Harvard in front, 10-7. The Crimson remained scoreless throughout the remainder of regulation allowing San Jose State to score three unanswered goals to force overtime. Although Harvard continued an aggressive attack in overtime, the Spartans' Giacoma Lavatelli notched the game winner.
Harvard bounced back during the second game of the day against No. 18 Loyola Marymount. Dennis Blyashov and Austin Sechrest fired the first shots for the Crimson, which led to a goal versus counter-goal banter between both teams. The Lions stayed a leg up with a last second goal from Eric Reitmeir going into the back end of regulation 7-6.
The third quarter of play saw action from Blyashov as he punched four goals to lift the Crimson up to a 10-8 lead followed by an additional tally from Nick Bunn. Harvard allowed only three more goals while Tsotadze and Jackson Enright added to the Crimson's lead and sealed the victory over the Lions.
- Sophomore Dennis Blyashov posted nine goals on the day, setting a season-high seven goals against Loyola Marymount.
- The Crimson collectively tallied 14 steals in the game against San Jose State.
Harvard concludes the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament tomorrow morning with a contest against Fresno Pacific at 12:20 p.m. EST.