Connecticut's Early Push too Much for Caltech
PASADENA, CA – Connecticut College jumped out to an early lead and never relented in posting a 15-9 win over Caltech in a non-conference men's water polo contest.
Less than two minutes into the contest the Camels held a 2-0 lead after goals by Sam Burns and Rob Spencer. Caltech got their first tally of the morning when Patric Eck found the back of the cage with 5:54 remaining in the stanza. Connecticut responded with a goal on their next possession but a resilient Beavers squad got a goal from Jack Blackwood to get back within one goal at 3-2. The Camels scored the last two goals of the stanza to increase their lead to 5-2.
Both teams had trouble finding the back of the cage during the second eight minutes of action but Connecticut did just enough as they scored twice to up their advantage to 7-2 heading into halftime.
While the second quarter was low scoring the third quarter was just the opposite as the teams combined for eight goals. Unfortunately for the Beavers, the visitors took the advantage by posting a 5-3 scoring edge.
With a 12-5 lead heading into the final quarter Connecticut took their largest lead of the game when Carlos Heros gave the Camels a 13-5 lead 22 seconds into the frame. The Beavers finished the game by scoring four of the last six goals but it wasn't enough.
Jack Blackwood put together his sixth hat trick of the season with a four-goal effort to pace the Beavers offense. Jim Blackwood had a two-goal morning to help the Caltech charge.
Heros scored a game high six goals in leading the Camels to victory. Rob Spencer chipped in a four-goal performance for the visitors.