GLENDORA, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2017) – The Caltech Men's Water Polo team embarked on a four-game road stint at the Citrus College Tournament this weekend and won both of its Friday games. The Beavers also turned in strong showings in the Saturday doubleheader, providing them a foundation to build on as SCIAC play looms in the distance.
Friday Game 1: Caltech 13, Mt. San Antonio 11 (OT)
Caltech had to dig deep in its first game of the tournament but ultimately came away with a victory over Mt. San Antonio College. The key to victory proved to be a positive turnover differential (plus-seven), a feat which the Beavers did not accomplish all of last season. Freshman addition Steven Csaposs (Davis, Calif. / Davis) quickly proved his worth to the Caltech defense by leading the team with six steals while also leading the Beavers with eight shot attempts. Junior Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) led with four goals while junior Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny) found the net three times. Freshman duo John Wang (Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter Academy) and Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter), meanwhile each scored twice.
Near the end of a tight four periods in which neither team led by more than two goals, Ross kept his team alive by scoring the final regulation goal with 18 seconds left to force overtime. The Beavers went on to assert themselves in both overtimes with Govil scoring the only goal of the first extra frame before Janosi and fellow freshman Rahul Arun (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Adlai E Stevenson) scored in the second extra frame to ice the game for Caltech. Junior goalie John Lloyd (San Diego, Calif. / Torrey Pines) held his own with 10 saves.
Friday Game 2: Caltech 13, Rio Hondo 6
Caltech made its presence felt the most against Rio Hondo College in the second game of Friday's doubleheader after weathering through a slow start. Govil, Caltech's junior driver eventually opened things up in the first period by scoring with just over two minutes remaining. From there, Wang notched his first goal of the game before Govil scored again to give the Beavers a 3-0 advantage after one.
The Beavers' continued dominance proved to be the real story, however as they opened the game with eight unanswered goals extending into the third period. Caltech took a 10-3 lead on its opponents into the fourth frame, one which proved insurmountable as the Beavers cruised to back-to-back wins to open the tournament. Govil, Wang and Ross each scored three goals to pace the Beavers' offense while Janosi dished out five assists.
Saturday Game 1: Citrus 16, Caltech 8
The Beavers had a tougher time against tournament host Citrus College but got within striking distance early with two first-period goals. The third period ended up being the strongest for Caltech as the Beavers outscored their opponents 4-2, led by two goals from Ross. A six-goal deficit entering the fourth frame proved too much for Head Coach Jon Bonafede's Beavers to overcome, thus turning their attention to the final game of the weekend.
Saturday Game 2: Santa Monica 13, Caltech 11
While the Beavers had some chances early in the preceding game, they found themselves within striking distance in the later portions of Saturday's clash with Santa Monica College. The Beavers outscored the Corsairs 11-7 after the first period, intent on finishing the weekend on a high note. Ross scored three goals, one in each of the final three quarters to lead the Beavers and freshman Neil Sanderson (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Winchester) scored twice, as did Arun to round a strong weekend for Caltech Water Polo.
Jon Bonafede and the Beavers will look to carry this past weekend's success into next weekend when they open up SCIAC play at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m.