CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 9 Harvard men's water polo team (24-0, 7-0 NWPC) defeated both No. 17 St. Francis (N.Y.) and Iona to move to 24-0 on the season. The Crimson began its day by taking down St. Francis (N.Y.) 14-7 in a morning matchup before continuing the momentum into its night contest against Iona, winning handedly by a score of 16-7.
Leading the Crimson in scoring on the day was senior captain Charlie Owens and junior Jackson Enright who both tallied five goals. Sophomore Michael Sonsini recorded five assists over the two contests, while junior Bruno Snow and first-year Alexandru Bucur both had four. All three goalies on the Harvard roster saw action today with sophomore Noah Hodge tallying 17 saves in the morning against St. Francis (N.Y.). Against Iona, first-year Nathan Wu had nine saves in three-and-a-half quarters of play before junior Oliver Oz took over for the rest of the fourth quarter.
In its first match of the day, the Crimson got out to an early 1-0 lead, with Snow scoring 32 seconds into the first quarter. St. Francis (N.Y.) would tally two-straight to take the 3-2 lead before senior captain Austin Sechrest found the back of the net with 2:28 remaining to tie the match up at three heading into the second. The first multiple-goal lead in the contest came in the second quarter with Harvard scoring three-straight to take the 8-5 lead. Hodge would hold the Terriers scoreless in the third to help the Crimson nearly double its lead to 11-6. Harvard would seal the victory with a three-goal run in the fourth to bring the score to 14-6, eventually defeating St. Francis (N.Y.) 14-7.
Harvard continued its momentum in the late-night match against Iona, scoring first in every quarter of play. In the first quarter with the match tied up at one, the Crimson went on a three-goal run to take the 4-1 lead into the second. Harvard would tally three-straight again in the second quarter and Wu would hold the Gaels to only one goal to increase the lead to 7-2. To start the third quarter, the Crimson would again score three-straight to take the 10-2 lead and solidify the victory. Iona would be unable to catch Harvard in the match, eventually falling 16-7.
- Hodge has held opponents scoreless five times this season and now has 181 saves, fifth all-time in single-season saves in program history.
- Senior captain Charlie Owens leads the Crimson in scoring with 54 goals on the season.
- Sonsini currently has 52 assists and ranks tied for seventh all-time in single-season assists in program history.
The Crimson continues conference play at home tomorrow, Nov. 3, against No. 18 Princeton at 3 p.m.