CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The No. 15 Harvard men's water polo team topped St. Francis 14-12 during the afternoon competition and followed with 16-4 victory over Iona. The Crimson moves to 19-7 overall and 7-1 in conference play with two more bouts remaining.
Opening up the day with a contest against St. Francis, the Crimson's Nathan Ondracek beat out William Lapkin to win the sprint and set up Austin Sechrest for the first goal of the day. Harvard's Bruno Snow and Dennis Blyashov found the back of the net for back-to-back tallies to exit the first period ahead 5-3. Through the remainder of the half Harvard capitalized on four scoring opportunities from Dennis Blyashov, Jackson Enright, and Alex Tsotadze, while the Terriers nearly matched the Crimson to trail 8-7.
The third quarter saw a strong defensive showing as Noah Hodge kept the Terriers to just one goal, allowing the Crimson to extend its lead to 13-8 moving into the final eight minutes of play. St. Francis made a final push seeing tallies from Lapkin, Boton Kadar, and Jonas Veazey but couldn't close the gap.
Prior to the match with Iona five seniors, Nick Bunn, Grant Harvey, Nathan Ondracek, Anthony Ridgley and Caleb Ringkob were honored for their successful contributions over their four years at Harvard. After the traditional honors were exchanged, the battle at Blodgett Pool began with Charlie Owens finding the back of the net just 20 seconds into play. Austin Sechrest and Michael Sonsini followed with their own goals to keep a two-point spread, 3-1 moving into the second period.
Through the second and third quarters, the Crimson put forth a dominating offensive attack that included 12 goals from eight different players, while only allowing three from the Gaels to take a 15-4 lead. Senior Nick Bunn capped off his career at Blodgett Pool with a goal late in the fourth quarter to put the final score at 16-4.
- The 2019 senior class became the winningest class in program history, holding 91 career wins.
- In the net against St. Francis, Noah Hodge recorded 14 saves, one assist and two steals.
- Oliver Oz made his career debut against Iona.
The Crimson concludes its conference slate next weekend with a 5 p.m. contest at Brown on Nov. 3 before heading across the river on Nov. 4 to face MIT at 3 p.m.