PASADENA (Sept. 7, 2019) – Nine Caltech men's water polo players found the back of the net to help the Beavers to a 13-10 opening day victory over Cypress College. This year marks the first time the men's water polo team has started its season with a win since 2016.
The Beavers started slow, but quickly overcame any opening day jitters to handle Cypress over the 32-minute game. Junior center Steven Csaposs (Clovis, Calif. / Clovis East) had a slow start to the game himself, but went on assert himself with three goals to lead the Beavers. Csaposs' play escalated as his teammates got more comfortable playing together, and Caltech's spacing and movement with the ball in the attacking zone steadily improved over all four quarters. Junior John Wang (Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter Academy) and sophomore Alex Wang (Saratoga, Calif. / The Harker School) also benefitted from the Beavers' ability to create space, with each player getting the opportunity to showcase improved their improved shots, leading to two goals apiece.
Additionally, all five freshmen saw time in the pool and had a chance to contribute in the first game of their respective collegiate careers.
"I was very pleased with the way we played today," Head Coach Jon Bonafede said. "We have a lot to work on as we approach conference games, and I am really excited to see this team's chemistry continue to build. We conducted ourselves with professionalism, and good sportsmanship. Above all, we just had fun getting back out there today and playing polo."
Other players to score for the Beavers included juniors Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter), Nick Clausen (Clovis, Calif. / Clovis East), Rahul Arun (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Adlai E Stevenson), and freshmen Max Bricken (Portland, Ore. / Westview), James Bowden (Los Angeles, Calif. / Granada Hills Charter) and Matthew Hajjar (San Jose, Calif. / The Harker School). Janosi played a particularly significant role in Caltech's ability to find shooting lanes around the pool and led the team with three assists while going a perfect 4-for-4 on sprints. Defensively, the Beavers showed they were up to the challenge. Freshman Wei Foo (Hacienda Heights, Calif. / Troy) got his first start in net and responded with six saves and a crafty steal to solidify possession for the Beavers late.
Bonafede and the Beavers will look to carry their strong opening day performance into the second day of the Citrus College Tournament where they will first face off with Santa Monica College at 8 a.m. before taking on Cal State Fullerton at 1 p.m.