AZUSA, Calif. -- The Caltech men's water polo took part in the Citrus College tournament as they played four-games in a two-day stretch.
Game One -- Cerritos 17, Caltech 5 (Score Sheet)
Cerritos scored the game's first six goals and never looked back in posting the win.
Game Two -- Santa Ana 7, Caltech 6 (Score Sheet)
Caltech got on the board first when Brian Penserini found the back of the cage less than two minutes into the contest. After Santa Ana scored their lone goal of the first quarter just before the midway point of the frame, the Beavers took a 2-1 lead after eight minutes on a Patric Eck goal.
Another Eck goal increased the Beaver advantage to 3-1 with 5:02 left until the halftime break. Santa Ana scored the final tally of the second quarter with 2:24 left.
Santa Ana grabbed the game's momentum by scoring the first three goals of the third quarter in taking a 5-3 advantage with 3:44 left in the stanza. Penserini's second goal of the game brought the Caltech deficit down to 5-4 heading into the final quarter.
The Dons increased their lead to 6-4 with a goal 18 seconds in the fourth period. Caltech responded with 4:37 remaining in regulation when Eck scored his third goal of the contest. However, Santa Ana put their cushion back to two goals with 1:37 left in the contest. The Beavers put themselves in position for a comeback with a Penserini goal 13 seconds later. However, Caltech couldn't find the back of the net to complete the comeback.
Game Three -- Caltech 15, Chaffey 5 (Score Sheet)
The Beavers jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and continued to pour it on as they topped the Cougars for the second straight weekend.
Caltech increased their three-goal advantage by posting a 3-2 scoring edge in the second eight minutes of action. Tim MacDonald culminated the scoring by finding the back of the cage with one second left in the frame.
Sunday morning's contest was all but sealed in Caltech's favor with a 3-1 goal advantage in the third quarter. A pair of goals by Jim Blackwood and a net finder by fellow first-year Patric Eck gave the Beavers a 10-4 edge heading into the final period.
MacDonald capped off a fine day's work with two goals in posting his first hat trick of the season. The Beavers also got goals from Eck as well as the brother duo of Jim and Jack Blackwood.
Game Four -- Palomar 20, Caltech 5 (Score Sheet)
The Beavers played Palomar tightly in the first eight minutes of action but the Comets rode a high scoring second quarter to the win.
Caltech found themselves trailing 3-1 entering the second frame. However, the school from San Marcos, Calif. won the stanza 7-0 in taking an insurmountable 10-1 lead at halftime.
Palomar eventually grew their lead to as large as 15-1 in taking the victory.
Jack Blackwood put together a three-goal performance while Patric Eck scored a pair and Brian Penserini rounded out the goal scorers for Caltech.