PROVIDENCE, R.I.- In its opening round of the Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship, the No. 12 Harvard men's water polo team (22-7) used a fourth quarter push to top Brown (18-13), 11-10. With the win, the Crimson advances to the championship contest against the No. 3 seed, Princeton (18-10) on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m.
During the opening quarter of play, Brown's James Thygesen, Travis Bouscaren and Armen Deirmenjian provided a strong offense, stringing together three scores to take an unanswered lead. After regrouping, Nick Bunn converted a six-on-five for the first Crimson goal before Charlie Owens connected with Nathan Ondracek to exit the opening quarter, trailing 4-2. The two-goal margin was held through the second, despite three tallies from Owens, Dennis Blyashov and Austin Sechrest.
Recent First Team All-NWPC honoree, Noah Hodge held the Bears scoreless in the third quarter, allowing Dennis Blyashov to close the gap by finding the back of the net on two occasions. Capitalizing on the shortage of defensemen, Alex Tsotadze fired a solo shot, bypassing the goaltender to give Harvard its first lead of the match, 8-7. With just two seconds remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 10, the Crimson's Bruno Snow fired the game-winning goal following a Brown ejection.
* First-year Noah Hodge recorded 10 saves and two steals and did not allow a single goal during the third period.
* In addition to the game-winning goal, Bruno Snow recorded a game-high four steals.
* First Team All-NWPC member, Dennis Blyashov helped the Crimson to a victory with three goals, two blocks and a steal.
* Seven of 11 goals from the Crimson were the result of six-on-five conversions.
The Crimson looks to defend its conference title against Princeton tomorrow, Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m. at Brown. The broadcast will be streamed on ESPN+.