GLENDORA, Calif (Sept. 8, 2019) – The Caltech men's water polo team continued a perfect start to the season at the Citrus College Tournament, sweeping Santa Monica Community College and Fullerton Community College on Sunday.
One day after opening the year with a 13-11 victory over Cypress College, the Beavers recorded a dominant 19-4 win early in the day against Santa Monica before topping Fullerton, 13-10, in the late afternoon.
Caltech 19, Santa Monica 4
Rookie Wei Foo (Hacienda Heights, Calif. / Troy) recorded an imposing defensive effort between the pipes, making a whopping 14 saves for a .778 save percentage while a litany of Beavers took care of business on the offensive end. Junior Steven Csaposs (Davis, Calif. / Davis) poured in five goals while freshman Matthew Hajjar (San Jose, Calif. / Harker School) notched three goals and a pair of assists. Junior Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) and sophomore Austin Harvard (Lake Forest, Calif. / El Toro) were also critical pieces in the attacking buildup with one goal and three assists apiece. As impressive as the individual efforts were, the fact that nine different Beavers scored and eight came up with at least one steal may have been the most meaningful takeaways for Head Coach Jon Bonafede's squad.
Caltech 13, Fullerton 10
Csaposs brought his goal tally for the day to nine with another four in the nightcap, while Foo made another 13 saves. Despite some offensive frustrations early in the game, the Caltech kept its composure to battle back after a first-quarter deficit and take firm hold through the second half. Junior Rahul Arun (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Adlai E Stevenson) made several crucial plays on both ends of the pool to solidify the victory en route to finishing with one goal, two exclusions drawn, a steal and a field block. Janosi again was ever-present with a goal, two assists and five drawn exclusions, while Hajjar chipped in another brace and sophomore Alex Wang (Saratoga, Calif. / Harker School) contributed a pair of goals and assists.
Bonafede and the Beavers will look to keep their season-opening unbeaten streak intact at Mt. San Antonio College on Tuesday, Sept. 10.