Extra-man Offense Struggles in Defeat

PASADENA, Calif. – The Connecticut College water polo squad held down Caltech 11-9 Thursday afternoon in non-conference action at the Braun Pool.

The matchup was competitive throughout. The Camels took an early 2-0 lead they would never relinquish, and though an early strike during a 6-on-5 for Adam Khan brought the Beavers within one, and Junior Dan Sexton skipped the ball in on another 6-on-5 opportunity to bring the game to 4-2, it was not the good omen the Beavers had hoped for.

The Beavers would score just one more goal on extra-man chances in nine opportunities, which stifled any hopes of a late-game comeback. They finished the day 3-for-12 on such opportunities. Jack Blackwood would score the first of his three goals with 28 seconds left in the first quarter to cut the Beavers deficit to one, but Jason Robb scored his only goal of the match at the end of the period to leave Caltech frustrated and down 5-3 after the first quarter.

The second and third periods saw the Connecticut lead stretch to 10-6, as the Beavers continually drew but couldn't capitalize on 6-on-5 opportunities. Clayton Whitter ruled the day in the net for the Camels, as he finished with 11 saves, none bigger than a stuff of a one-on-nobody in the fourth quarter that could have brought the Beavers to within two goals.

It was that fourth period where the Beavers finally showed signs of life. Despite finishing the period only 1-of-3 on extra-man opportunities, Senior Paul Fleiner scored his first goal of the season, and Blackwood scored a pair to bring the game to 11-9, where it would remain at the final buzzer. Sam Mitchell led all Camels with three goals.

Thompson Heavey shined in goal for Caltech, finishing with 10 saves and three steals in only three quarters of work, while Khan not only scored three, but his lockdown center defense forced the Camels into an unorthodox attack. Dan Sexton scored a pair of goals, but also drew five exclusions for the Beavers. 

The next home match for the Beavers comes on Sunday October 17th at 4:00 p.m. vs. Chapman University