No. 9 Men’s Water Polo Wraps Up Weekend Play with Victory over No. 18 Princeton

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 9 Harvard men's water polo team defeated No. 18 Princeton at Blodgett Pool to move to 25-0 (8-0 NWPC) on the season. Guiding the Crimson to victory was sophomore goalie Noah Hodge who recorded a career-high 20 saves.

Senior captain Austin Sechrest and junior Dennis Blyashov lead Harvard in scoring with three goals each. Blyashov capitalized on all three of his penalty shot chances to record the hat trick.

Hodge made five-straight saves before the Crimson got on the board late in the first quarter. Blyashov's first penalty goal of the day helped Harvard take the 1-0 lead. However, Princeton would come back less than a minute later with a successful penalty shot of its own to tie the match. Two more penalty goals by both teams would tie the match up at two heading into the second quarter. Hodge held Princeton scoreless while Sechrest and sophomore Alex Tsotadze each found the back of the net to put Harvard up 4-2 at the half. The Tigers would score three-straight to end the third and begin the fourth quarter to pull within two, but the Crimson would go on a three-goal run of its own to bring the final score to 10-6.

Harvard Highlights

  • Hodge's career-high 20 saves brings him to 201 total saves on the season, fourth all-time in single-season saves in program history.
  • Blyashov joins senior captain Charlie Owens as the only two players for the Crimson to score 50 or more goals this season.
  • Sechrest has recorded a hattrick in five matches so far this season.

Up Next
The Crimson will face Brown for its senior day on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. before seeing action against MIT on Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. Both matches will take place at Blodgett Pool and be broadcast on ESPN+.