No. 9 Men’s Water Polo Sweeps Day Two of Julian Frasier Memorial to Remain Undefeated

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Photo Credit: Gil Talbot

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The No. 9 Harvard men's water polo team won both its matches on day two of the Julian Frasier Memorial Tournament to move to 21-0 on the season. As the only remaining undefeated team in the CWPA, the Crimson handed a loss to Santa Clara 19-17 before continuing on to take down No. 13 San Jose State 10-8 later in the day.

Leading the Crimson in scoring was junior Dennis Blyashov who tied a career-high with seven goals against Santa Clara. Blyashov went on to tally one more in the match against San Jose State to bring his total to eight on the day. Senior captain Charlie Owens and first-year Kaleb Archer found the back of the net four times over the two matches, each with a hat trick against Santa Clara and San Jose State, respectively. First-year goalie Nathan Wu finished the day with nineteen saves, including two blocked penalty shots against Santa Clara.

In the Crimson's first match of the day against Santa Clara, sophomore Alex Tsotadze scored on a 5M penalty shot to get Harvard on the board first. Santa Clara and Harvard would trade scoring opportunities back and forth throughout the first quarter until three-straight goals put the Crimson up 6-3. Santa Clara would go on to mount a comeback late in the second and into the third, scoring three-straight to tie the match up at 11. Blyashov found the back of the net twice towards the end of the third quarter to give the Crimson the 15-13 lead and Santa Clara was unable to tie the game up again, falling to Harvard 19-17.

In a low scoring match between the Crimson and San Jose State, the two teams combined for only four goals in the first quarter, coming to a 2-2 tie at the end of the first eight minutes of play. Harvard outscored the Spartans in the second by two goals to take the 6-4 lead going into the half. The Crimson was held to only one goal in the third quarter, scored by Archer, however, the team outscored San Jose State again in the fourth to come away with the 10-8 victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Archer recorded his third hat trick of the season against San Jose State.
  • Owens has scored three or more goals in 11 contests this season.
  • Blyashov's seven-goal performance against Santa Clara is the fourth match of his career with seven tallies, the last being against Loyola Marymount in 2018.

Up Next
The Crimson wraps up play at the Julian Frasier Memorial tomorrow, Oct. 27, against Chapman at 12:20 p.m.