CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 9 Harvard men's water polo team moved to 18-0 on the season after winning both matches on day two of the Harvard Invite. The Crimson started the day by defeating No. 14 Bucknell 9-8 and continued that success into the afternoon, taking down La Salle 18-4.
Junior Jackson Enright and sophomore Alex Tsotadze paced the Crimson in scoring with two goals against Bucknell and three against La Salle. Sophomore Michael Sonsini tallied 11 assists through two matches to lead Harvard in helpers. Sophomore Noah Hodge ended the day with a total of 22 saves.
In its first match of the day the Crimson got off to a slow start, trailing 3-0 to Bucknell after the first quarter. With 5:30 remaining in the second, Tsotadze converted on a 5M penalty shot to give Harvard its first goal of the match. Junior Dennis Blyashov would then score with two seconds left to cut Bucknell's lead to two. The Crimson went on a four-goal run to take the 6-5 lead, but a last-minute goal by Bucknell tied the game up heading into the fourth quarter. Juniors Enright and Bruno Snow tallied two-straight to give Harvard the two-goal lead that would help secure the win, despite Bucknell pulling within one late.
The Crimson found its rhythm early against La Salle with senior captain Charlie Owens scoring just 17 seconds into the match. In the second quarter, Owens would again score under a minute in to give Harvard the 6-1 lead. A six-goal run by the Crimson from the second quarter into the third would put La Salle behind 12-2 and solidify the victory. Sophomore goalie Noah Hodge only allowed La Salle to find the back of the net three times in three quarters of play. First-year Nathan Wu took over goaltending duties in the fourth and recorded three saves on four shots.
- The Crimson is now 18-0, the only undefeated team in the CWPA.
- First-year Roger Brockett scored his first career goal for the Crimson in the match against La Salle.
- Hodge recorded 15 saves against Bucknell, three shy of his career-high.
- The 18-4 win against La Salle is the second biggest margin of victory this season, the first being a 23-4 win over Salem (WV) on Sept. 22.
The Crimson heads to Santa Clara, Calif. for the Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament, Oct. 25-27. While in California, Harvard will face No. 20 California Baptist, Chapman, No. 19 San Jose State and Santa Clara.