Photo by Bob Paz
PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2016) – Senior Chris Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Junipero Serra) scored a career-high nine goals to fuel Caltech men's water polo to a 14-9 Orange Out victory over LA Trade Technical College in a Battle of the Beavers on Wednesday night.
The Beavers improve their non-conference record to 4-10 ahead of the beginning of SCIAC play on Saturday.
Bradley, who entered the day ranked second in the SCIAC with 55 goals this season, took over the conference lead by one with the performance and is one of just two players to clear even 35 goals at this point.
LA Trade Tech scored the first goal of the game and regained the lead after an equalizer by Bradley, but the senior then struck for back-to-back goals to complete his 13th hat trick and hand the Beavers a 3-2 lead they would never relinquish. Freshman Bradley Justice (El Cajon, Calif. / Grossmont) notched a key goal to extend the margin to two, which Caltech held at 5-3 after the first quarter.
The visiting Beavers pulled within one thanks to a penalty early in the second quarter. Bradley netted two possessions later to make it 6-4, but LATTC refused to back down, notching another just 13 seconds later. Caltech took control at that point, however, with Bradley netting his sixth and sophomore Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) scoring twice before the end of the quarter for a 10-5 halftime lead.
Bradley netted another three goals in the third quarter before taking a breather, at which point LATTC began to fight its way back into the mix with three unanswered goals by the midway point in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Shaurya Gilani (Chicago, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson) held things down in goal, though, making 16 saves over the course of the game while senior Tim Menninger (Norristown, Pa. / Chestnut Hill Acad.) scored his first career goal as insurance with just under two minutes remaining for the final 14-9 score line.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers host national No. 17 and Division III No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (10-7) in the SCIAC opener on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.