No. 12 Men’s Water Polo Concludes Hard Fought Season, Falls to Princeton, 12-10

Photo Credit: Gil Talbot
Photo Credit: Gil Talbot

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Another season, with new records, came to an end for the No. 12 Harvard men's water polo team on Sunday afternoon, as the Crimson fell just short of Princeton (19-10) in the NWPC championship game, 12-10. Harvard finished the year 22-8 overall. 

Through the opening quarter, both sides showed a strong defense allowing one goal each before moving into the second period of play. Immediately after Dennis Blyashov converted a six-on-five goal to take the lead, Princeton's Miles Cole put a pair of scores together to give the Tigers a leg up exiting the half, 4-3. 

After a series of Princeton goals, Nathan Ondracek gave the Crimson life, interrupting the Tigers' rally. Despite strong offensive efforts, Harvard struggled to break through the Princeton defense, adding just one goal to Princeton's three. With urgency, the Crimson fought back to create a series of goals from Blyashov, Ondracek, Jackson Enright, Alex Tsotadze and Austin Sechrest. However, the flurry was not enough as Princeton matched each Crimson goal to secure the championship win.

Harvard Highlights

Game Notes

  • The exiting senior class will go down as the winningest class in program history with 92 wins over its four-year career.
  • The team shocked the water polo community with a historic win over then No. 3 California on Sept. 15. The program's first win over a top-three ranked opponent.
  • Harvard posted 20 or more wins for the fifth consecutive season.