PASADENA, CA – The Caltech men's water polo took part in the annual Convergence Tournament this weekend hosted by the Claremont Schools and the Universality of La Verne.
The Beavers played four-games during the two-day tournament.
Game 1 – Washington & Jefferson 12, Caltech 8 (Scoresheet)
The Presidents overcame an early deficit to knock off the Beavers on Friday morning.
Caltech held a 4-1 lead after the game's first eight minutes thanks to two goals each from Patric Eck and Brian Penserini. However, Washington & Jefferson responded by posting a 4-1 scoring edge of their own in the second period to tie the score at 5-5 at halftime.
A Penserini goal 50 seconds into the third period gave Caltech their final lead of the contest at 6-5. The Presidents scored two unanswered goals to go up 7-6 with 5:49 left in the frame. The scoreboard would remain unchanged until Caltech knotted the score at 7-7 to send the game into a winner take all final period.
Washington & Jefferson scored the final periods first three goals and never looked back. Trailing 10-7 with 37 ticks left on the clock Jim Blackwood cut the Caltech deficit to 10-8 but late goals by the Presidents sealed the win.
Penserini put together his finest goal scoring effort at Caltech with a five-goal outing.
Game 2 – Caltech 15, PSU-Behrend 13 (Scoresheet)
Brian Penserini continued his outstanding day with another five-goal output in leading the Beavers to a come from behind victory over PSU-Behrend.
Trailing 5-3 after the first period and 8-5 at halftime, Caltech put together a very strong second 16 minutes of action to claim the victory.
The comeback and second half momentum garnered in a high scoring third quarter. Caltech held the Nittany Lions to just one goal while putting up a six spot on the scoreboard. Penserini knotted a hat trick while Jack Blackwood, Jim Blackwood and Thomas Kwong each found the back of the cage to give Caltech an 11-9 edge heading into the final frame.
After a PSU-Behrend goal made the score 11-10 just 22 seconds into the quarter, Caltech stretched their lead with a 3-1 scoring spree over the next two-plus minutes to take a 14-11 advantage with 5:29 left. A Nittany Lions goal with 2:57 made the score 14-12 but the Beavers responded on their ensuing possession to regain their three-goal lead.
The Nittany Lions scored the game's final goal with 13 seconds left to get within 15-13 but it was too little, too late as Caltech claimed victory.
Asides from Penserni's exploits, Jack Blackwood put together a four-goal effort while his brother, Jim, posted a hat trick to aid in the Beavers cause.
Ben Grabowksi had a 14 save outing in net for Caltech.
Game 3 - Iona 16, Caltech 8 (Scoresheet)
The NCAA Division I Gaels used a strong second quarter to pull away for the victory over the Beavers.
Iona held a 4-2 lead after the game's first eight minutes but used a 4-1 scoring edge in the next frame to grab a commanding 8-3 lead at the halftime horn.
Caltech kept its deficit at five goals by matching the New York score goal-for-goal in the third quarter but 6-3 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter sealed the game for Iona.
Brian Penserini continued his scoring exploits with a four-goal game while Jack Blackwood pitched in two goals. CJ Culpepper and Jim Blackwood each added a net finder in the loss.
Game 4 - Fresno Pacific 18, Caltech 5 (Scoresheet - will be posted when available)
Similar to their first game on Saturday afternoon, the Beavers let a second quarter scoring advantage by the opponent do them in.
Already holding a 4-2 lead heading into the second eight minutes of action, the Sunbirds scored seven goals while holding Caltech to two to take an 11-4 lead at halftime.
Fresno Pacific held a 6-1 scoring edge in the third quarter to take a 17-5 lead and put any hopes of a Caltech comeback away.
Jack Blackwood put together a hat trick to lead the Caltech scorers while Patric Eck and Brian Penserini each added a goal.