LEWISBURG, Pa. – After two victories on day one of the Bucknell Invite, the No. 12 Harvard men's water polo team has posted its best start in program history with a 7-0 overall record. The Crimson defeated Johns Hopkins 16-5 in the morning before going on to down No. 14 George Washington 13-8.
Junior Jackson Enright set the pace immediately, collecting a goal, steal, block and two assists in the first five minutes of the game, leading the Crimson to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter. Hat-tricks by senior captains Charlie Owens and Austin Sechrest helped the Crimson secure the win. Defense was also solid for Harvard as first-year Colin Le had four steals and sophomore Noah Hodge had seven saves through three quarters of play. Junior Oliver Oz had one save during his time in goal in the fourth quarter.
Keeping the momentum going, the Crimson got out to an early 6-1 lead after the first quarter against No. 14 George Washington. The Colonials would go on to score four straight goals in the second quarter but Harvard would respond by scoring four of its own in the third. Senior Bennie Seybold tallied a hat-trick, an assist and a steal in the match while Hodge had eight saves.
- First-year Gabe Putnam scored his second career hat-trick in the match against No. 14 George Washington.
- Sechrest leads the Crimson with five goals through two games in the tournament.
- First-year Alexandru Bucur has six total assists through day one play.
The Crimson continues play at the Bucknell Invite tomorrow, Sept. 22, with matches against Mercyhurst and Salem (WV) at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.