No. 12 Men’s Water Polo Delivers Upset to No. 9 UC San Diego at Princeton Invite

Alex Tsotadze action shot
Photo Credit: Gil Talbot

PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 12 Harvard men's water polo team defeated No. 9 UC San Diego 12-11 in its first match at the Princeton Invite. The Crimson is now 3-0 and remains undefeated after handing losses to Cal Lutheran and McKendree on Sept. 8 at the Bruno Classic.

Sophomore Alex Tsotadze notched two goals and four assists in the match, and now leads the Crimson with 10 scores this season. Michael Sonsini also contributed to the Harvard victory with a career-high two goals and two assists. First-years Kaleb Archer and Gabe Putnam had one goal each in the contest.

In the fourth quarter, the Tritons attempted to squeeze out a victory but tallies from Archer and junior Jackson Enright secured the one goal margin at the final buzzer.

Harvard Highlights

  • Reigning NWPC Defensive Player of the Week, Noah Hodge, came up big for the Crimson with 10 saves and one assist.
  • Senior captain Charlie Owens and Enright both recorded a hat-trick in the match.
  • Harvard now leads the all-time series against UC San Diego, 2-1.

Up Next

The Crimson is back in action tomorrow and will face Navy at 8 a.m. and Fordham at 1 p.m. to conclude the Princeton Invite.