CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 15, 2017) – Sophomore Katie Johnston (Livermore, Calif. / Livermore) and the Caltech women's water polo team saved their best team performance for last when they battled host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday.
The Beavers took the Athenas to the limit with a four-goal fourth period after scoring one goal in each of the first three quarters. Three of Caltech's goals in the final period came off the shot of sophomore Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online), while Johnston scored the fourth and finished with two goals herself. While Caltech matched the Athenas' scoring output over the final frame, the final barrage was not enough for the Beavers to salvage a SCIAC victory. Freshman Mackenzie Wooten (Las Vegas, Nev. / Northwest Career and Technical Academy) scored her first goal of the season get the Beavers on the board in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Percin and Johnston showcased their attention to detail defensively by coming away with five of the team's six total steals.
Percin finished the season with 48 goals in 16 games, good for the third best scoring season in school history. Already occupying second place on the list, she has two more years to chase Ashley Grant's record of 56. Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers will return next year looking for the first SCIAC victory in program history.