ERIE, Pa. (Sept. 9, 2018) – The Caltech men's water polo team picked up its first victory of 2018 over this weekend's Laker Invitational, hosted by Mercyhurst University.
Mercyhurst 16, Caltech 10
Opening the invitational against tournament host Mercyhurst, Caltech scored a season-high 10 goals, three of which came off the shot of senior Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny). Ross also added one assist, one steal and one additional shot, while classmate Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) and freshman center Steven Csaposs (Davis, Calif. / Davis) each scored two goals for the Beavers. Caltech's remaining goals came from freshman Alex Wang (Saratoga, Calif. / The Harker School) and sophomores Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) and Rahul Arun (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Adlai E Stevenson). Janosi had another nice day on sprints, going three-for-four to improve his season percentage. Junior Bradley Justice (El Cajon, Calif. / Grossmont) led the visitors between the pipes with a season-best 14 saves.
Caltech 9, Penn State-Behrend 8
Caltech's first win of the season came against Penn State University-Behrend, a familiar foe whom the Beavers defeated 12-10 at last year's Claremont Convergence. The Caltech defense held the Lions to just one goal in the second period and rode a strong start to the finish, scoring four first-period goals. Csaposs tallied three goals, two of which came in the Beavers' big first quarter. Arun also scored in the first period and sophomore John Wang (Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter Academy) scored one of his two goals in that frame. Caltech combined for nine team assists to match the scoring output and senior goalie Shaurya Gilani (Chicago, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson) led the Beavers' goalkeeping timeshare with 12 saves. Govil and Janosi rounded out the Beavers' goal scoring, with the former finding the net twice and the latter scoring once, while also swiping three steals and adding another perfect outing on sprints.
Gannon 18, Caltech 8
Seven different players scored for Caltech against Gannon University, with Csaposs once again leading the way with two goals. Gilani led the Beavers in net with 10 saves and Janosi had himself another perfect game on sprints in addition to scoring one of the Beavers' eight goals.
Washington & Jefferson 13, Caltech 10
Freshman Austin Harvard (Lake Forest, Calif. / El Toro) got his teammates involved with four assists, the most single-game assists of any Caltech player so far in 2018. Govil, along with Alex Wang, each had three goals while Janosi scored once, assisted on two goals, added an additional four shots and went four-for-four on sprints once again to finish 11-for-12 over the four-game tournament. Gilani's 10 saves led the Beavers once again, while Justice gave his team two steals during his time in net.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers will return to action 10 days from now when they host California Lutheran University for their first SCIAC match of the season.