PASADENA, Calif. (Apr. 8, 2016) – Freshman Brittany Percin (Moraga, Calif. / Stanford Online) fired home five goals for the fourth time this season in the Caltech women's water polo team's defeat to Division II Concordia University Irvine on Friday afternoon.
Junior Mary Boyajian (Sun Valley, Calif. / Village Christian) also assisted on one goal to tie the single-season program record of 30.
Amidst a steady rain, the Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Percin put the Beavers on the scoreboard, stealing the ball from the goalie and punching it into the net. CUI regained the three-goal edge but back-to-back strikes from senior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) and freshman Katie Johnston (Livermore, Calif. / Livermore) quickly made it a one-goal game with 2:45 left in the first quarter.
CUI posted a 2-1 advantage to end the quarter with a 6-4 lead and scored the first three goals of the second to surge ahead by five at 9-4. Caltech picked up an extraman goal on a quick strike from senior Soumya Kannan (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M Gunn) and unmarked lob by senior Alexandra Ilic (Austin, Texas / Westlake) to cut the deficit back to three at 9-6 by halftime.
The Eagles once again controlled play early in the third quarter, however, steadily increasing the lead through the final whistle to leave with a 19-10 victory. Kannan scored once more while Percin netted her fourth and fifth goals in the fourth quarter, with the last coming via a strong counter on which she swam past the entire Eagles team before pushing it past the goalie.
Johnston and Percin combined to draw seven exclusions, with Kannan adding two. Freshman Elise Cutts (Portland, Ore. / Sunset) had another impressive game in the cage, stopping 13 shots while matching Kannan with two assists and recording a team-high two steals. Freshman Hana Keller (Sammamish, Wash. / Tesla STEM) also registered the first assist of her career.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers take on Division III No. 1 Whittier College (19-7, 5-0) tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 9.