PASADENA, CA – The Caltech men's water polo team broke open a tight contest with a strong final period en route to their 15-12 win over Citrus College on Wednesday evening.
Through the evening's first three periods neither team held a lead larger than two goals until the game's final eight minutes.
The first period featured three lead changes and three ties before Caltech took a 4-3 lead just before the final buzzer when Tim MacDonald found the back of the net with 15 ticks on the clock.
The team's traded two goals apiece as the squads finished the first 16 minutes of action with Caltech leading 6-5.
Citrus took their largest lead of the evening by scoring four of the third period's first six goals. The visitors held a 9-7 edge after a Colin Gordon net finder with 4:14 left in the stanza. Caltech responded with a 3-1 scoring spurt to close the quarter. Jack Blackwood found the back of the cage with 19 seconds left in the quarter to tie the game at 10-10 heading into the final frame.
Caltech owned the final eight minutes of action. The Beavers outscored the Owls 5-2 to claim the victory. Blackwood scored four goals to pace the home team's efforts during the final frame.
Blackwood scored a game high seven goals in pacing the Beavers to the victory. His brother, Jim Blackwood, chipped in a hat trick to aid in the Beavers cause.
Ben Grabowksi made 10 saves in goal as the Beavers took the triumph.