Beavers Conclude 2011 Campaign at Conference Tournament
LA VERNE, Calif. -- The Caltech men's water polo team finished their season at the year ending league tournament hosted by the University of La Verne.
Friday, Nov. 11
20, Caltech 4
In the opening round of the 2011 SCIAC men's water polo tournament, ClaremontMuddScripps posted a 20-4 victory over Caltech on Friday afternoon.
The top ranked Stags showed why they are nation's No. 1 team. ClaremontMuddScripps scored on their opening possession when Maarten Lefor found the back of the net. The Beavers scored on their opening possession when Daniel Sexton fired home a five-meter shot. It was the only goal Caltech scored in the first two periods.
ClaremontMuddScripps scored the final five goals of the opening frame then proceeded to score seven goals in the second period in taking a 13-1 edge at the halftime buzzer.
The Stags grew their lead to 15-1 with 5:23 left in the third period before Sexton scored goals on back-to-back possession midway through the third period to end the string of 14 unanswered goals by ClaremontMuddScripps. The Stags scored three more times in the frame to take a 18-3 lead into the final period.
The top seeded Stags posted a 2-1 scoring edge in the final frame. Caltech's fourth period goal came from Adam Khan.
Saturday, Nov. 12
La Verne 19, Caltech
The University of La Verne grabbed momentum late in a high scoring first period in helping them post a 19-12 win over the Beavers.
After the Leopards scored the first goal of the game, Caltech responded with goals by Daniel Sexton and Jack Blackwood to take a 2-1 edge less than two minutes into the contest. La Verne responded with three unanswered goals in taking a 4-2 lead with 3:23 left in the frame. The Beavers goal their deficit back to one goal with an Adam Khan tally on their next possession. However, La Verne scored four of the final last five goals in the period to take an 8-4 lead after the first eight minutes.
La Verne continued their scoring spree with the first three goals of the second period to push their lead to 11-4. Tommy Kwong scored Caltech's first goal of the second frame with 5:15 left in the period but an undaunted Leopards squad pushed their lead to 14-6 at the halftime horn.
Caltech got their deficit down to seven goals on three occassions in the third period but couldn't pull any closer. The Leopards took a 16-9 lead into the final period.
Sexton's third goal of the game brought Caltech within 16-10 early in the fourth stanza but the Beavers couldn't pull any closer down the stretch.
The Beavers scoring drive was led by Sexton's four-goal output while Kwong and Blackwood each posted hat tricks.
La Verne spread their offense around as 11 different players found the back of the net.
Sunday, Nov. 13
Occidental 16, Caltech 10
In their final contest of the season, Caltech couldn't hold an early lead in dropping a six-goal decision to the Tigers.
Daniel Sexton and Jack Blackwood scored goals on back-to-back possessions to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead with 5:06 left in the period. Occidental put the final goal of the first period on the board with 2:51 left in the period.
Occidental took their first lead of the game at 3-2 on a Samuel Akiyama tally with 4:48 left until the halftime buzzer. The Beavers offense responded 14 seconds later with a Blackwood goal. The Tigers offense put three unanswered goals on the board to finish the period in taking a 6-3 lead after 16 minutes.
The Tigers stretched that lead to 7-3 early in the third period but goals by Adam Khan and Sexton brought the Caltech deficit down to 7-5 with just over three minutes left in the stanza. Occidental scored on their next possession but an undaunted Caltech squad kept it close with a Blackwood goal to keep their deficit at two goals, trailing 8-6 with 2:32 remaining. The Tigers stretched their lead by scoring three of the final four goals in the period in taking an 11-7 edge with eight minutes remaining.
In that final period Caltech got as close as a four-goal deficit (12-8) with 6:37 left in the contest but couldn't pull any closer as Occidental pulled out the victory.
Blackwood led all scorers with a game high six goals. Sexton concluded his Caltech career with a hat trick while Khan rounded out the Beaver scorers in his final game.