CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 9 Harvard men's water polo team (28-0, 11-0 NWPC) has defeated St. Francis (N.Y.) (19-13, 5-6 NWPC) 15-9 to advance to the championship match of the Northeast Water Polo Conference Tournament.
Leading the Crimson in scoring was sophomore Alex Tsotadze who tallied three goals. Tostadze also led the team in assists with two along with sophomore Michael Sonsini. Sophomore goalie Noah Hodge totaled 12 saves in the Harvard victory.
St. Francis (N.Y.) got on the board first to take the 1-0 lead and that would be the last time the Terriers were ahead in the match. The Crimson would answer St. Francis' early goal with three of its own to take the 3-1 lead and would only increase the scoring gap from there. Harvard would outscore its opponent 10-4 in the second and third quarters to go up 15-6 entering the fourth. Although Harvard would not score in the fourth quarter, Hodge would hold the Terriers to only three goals to help secure the 15-9 victory.
- Hodge held St. Francis to only nine goals, the lowest total he's allowed in post-season play.
- Tsotadze's three goals in the match were all scored on successful penalty shot opportunities.
- Head coach Ted Minnis is now one win away from his 200th career victory with the Harvard men's water polo program.
The Crimson will compete in the NWPC Championship at MIT tomorrow, Nov. 24 at 12:30 p.m., against the winner of the Brown/Princeton matchup.