Photo by Bob Palermini
PASADENA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2015) – Junior Christopher Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Serra) maintained his perfect eight-game hat trick streak as the Caltech men's water polo team hosted No. 17/No. 2 Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday night.
The Blue Jays held a narrow three-goal lead at halftime before an explosive second half made the final 20-5. Johns Hopkins improves to 9-2 with the victory while Caltech now sits at .500 with a 4-4 record.
Johns Hopkins scored the opening goal just over a minute into play but Caltech responded immediately on Bradley's first strike. The Blue Jays found several open looks in the post over the remainder of the quarter to shoot ahead to a 5-1 lead by the end of the first eight minutes.
Caltech stepped up on both ends of the pool in the second quarter to outscore the visitors, 3-2. Junior Patric Eck (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy), senior James Blackwood (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) and Bradley each notched a goal apiece, all on man advantages following Blue Jays exclusions. The Beavers defense turned away multiple Blue Jays man-up chances and mustered additional good looks on goal, but still went into halftime trailing by three.
Despite the impressive Caltech showing over the first half, the game got out of hand in the second as Johns Hopkins put up eight unanswered goals in the third quarter. With fatigue clearly setting in for the Beavers, the Blue Jays came out in a high press and forced numerous turnovers leading to counter attacks. Bradley converted a consolation goal on a penalty in the fourth quarter.
Eck added three steals while junior Tomas Tussie (Weston, Fla. / Cypress Bay) drew three exclusions. Freshman John Lloyd (San Diego, Calif. / Torrey Pines) made a pair of saves over the first half while freshman Shaurya Gilani (Chicago, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson) recorded four in the second. Freshman Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) also posted two field blocks.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers host Washington & Jefferson College (6-3) on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.