CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 10 Harvard men's water polo team defeated MIT, 18-7, to remain undefeated on the season. The Crimson is now 14-0, the best start in program history.
Senior captain Charlie Owens led the Crimson in scoring with four goals in the match. Senior captain Austin Sechrest, sophomores Michael Sonsini and Alex Tsotadze and first-year Alexandru Bucur each contributed two goals in the victory. Tsotadze also tallied three helpers while junior Ben Wagner tied a career high with three steals. Sophomore goalie Noah Hodge had 10 saves in the match.
Harvard got out to an early two goal lead in the first quarter before MIT scored on a penalty shot to get on the board. For every tally that the Engineers had in the quarter, the Crimson would have two of its own. Harvard and MIT would trade scoring opportunities in the second quarter to bring the score to 9-5 at the half. Hodge stopped all of MIT's shot attempts in the third and eight-straight goals by the Crimson in the third and fourth quarters helped seal the 18-7 victory.
- The Crimson has broken two program records this season, best start in program history and most consecutive wins.
- Hodge has held opponents scoreless for an entire period four times this season.
- Owens has tallied four goals in a match three times this season.
The Crimson returns home for the first time since the season opener for the Harvard Invite, Oct. 19-20. Harvard will see action against No. 15 Bucknell, No. 14 George Washington, La Salle and No. 18 Pomona-Pitzer. All of Harvard's matches will be broadcast on ESPN+.