PASADENA, Calif. -- The Macalaster women's water polo team put together a solid first and did enough to hold on at the end in posting a 12-9 win over Caltech on Monday evening.
In a low scoring first half, the Mighty Macs held a 2-0 lead with less than a minute left in the frame. A Hanna Dodd goal put Caltech on the board as the Beavers went into the second eight minutes of action trailing by one.
Macalaster opened the second period by scoring four of the next game's next five goals in taking a 6-2 with 3:33 left until the period's buzzer. Caltech cut their deficit to 6-3 on a Dodd goal with just over two minutes left in the frame but the Mighty Macs responded. Trailing by four goals at 7-3, another Dodd goal brought the Beavers within one but, yet again, the Mighty Macs scored to stretch their lead back to four goals at 8-4.
The visitors from Minnesota took their largest lead of the game at 10-4 by scoring two unanswered goals to start the third period. A resilient Beavers squad cut that six goals deficit down to four by the end of the frame. Macalaster held an 11-7 lead after 24 minutes.
Caltech's Erin Hoops and Janis Intoy scored two consecutive goals to get the Beavers within striking distance at 11-9 with 4:29 left in the contest. However, the Mighty Macs kept the home squad off the board the rest of the way while adding an insurance goal in claiming the win.
Dodd had a game high five goals to pace the Caltech offense while Hoops chipped in a hat trick.
Connie Hsueh had 12 blocks in goal for the Beavers.