PASADENA, Calif. – The women's water polo at Caltech got the season started off on the right foot with a 13-6 victory over PSU-Behrend on Saturday afternoon at the Braun Pool.
The first three-plus minutes of the game were scoreless before the Beavers broke through. Caitlin Regan scored with 4:05 left in the frame to open the scoring. Erin Hoops gave Caltech a two goal edge less than two minutes later. PSU-Behrend got their first tally with exactly two minutes left in the period but the Beavers responded with goals by Regan and Hanna Dodd to end the stanza up 4-1.
Caltech continued their scoring to start the second period and eventually took a 6-1 lead. The Nittany Lions found the back of the net with 2:01 remaining to cut into their deficit. However, the home squad scored the final two goals of the period in taking an 8-2 advantage halfway through the contest.
The Beavers kept their comfortable cushion throughout the third period by posting a 3-2 scoring edge in the stanza. Leading 11-4, Caltech put the game away by scoring two of the first three goals during the final eight minutes of action.
Regan and Dodd led the Caltech offensive charge with four goals apiece. Erin Hoops chipped in a two-goal contest. The home squad got single goals from Janis Intoy, Anastasia Markovtsova and Joy Lu to round out the scorers.
In her first collegiate start, Connie Hsueh had 10 blocks in goal while also contributing three assists.
PSU-Behrend got a hat trick from Lindsay Musoleno.