GLENDORA, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2016) – Senior Chris Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Junipero Serra) continued his torrid start to the season with another 18 goals over the four-game Citrus College Tournament this past weekend.
The defending SCIAC Men's Water Polo Player of the Week, Bradley has already racked up 35 goals this season, putting him on pace to break the incredible 400-goal barrier for his career.
Caltech 5, Grossmont 9
The Beavers fell into a 4-0 hole in the first quarter, but bounced back to score three while shutting out Grossmont in the second to trail by just one at halftime. Caltech would go on to tie it up at 4-4 early in the third, but a 5-1 disadvantage in the fourth quarter handed the victory to Grossmont.
Freshman Bradley Justice (El Cajon, Calif. / Grossmont) and sophomore Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny) each recorded a pair of assists in the game, with Justice adding two steals. Sophomore Shaurya Gilani (Chicago, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson) made 13 saves at a 59 percent clip.
Caltech 13, Citrus 15
Justice staked Caltech to a 1-0 lead with the game's opening goal, but the hosts fired off 11 unanswered goals over the remainder of the first half to take what appeared to be an insurmountable lead. The Beavers did all they could to put that margin to the test, however, posting a 6-0 edge in the third quarter and just running out of time in the fourth as they held a two-goal advantage, finally succumbing 15-13. Bradley netted seven goals, all in the second half alone, to go with three assists and four steals while Ross chipped in with a hat trick and Justice dished out four dimes. Justice made five stops while allowing just four goals over the second half of play.
Caltech 10, Santa Monica 13
Caltech jumped out to an early lead on a Bradley goal and Ross strike from the hole set not long after. Santa Monica pulled even but the Beavers scored twice more in the final seconds, including at the buzzer coming out of a timeout, for the 4-2 lead.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede's squad maintained the lead through halftime at 7-5, but Santa Monica controlled the second half from the outset, notching three unanswered goals to take the lead and going on to post an 8-3 advantage for the win.
Bradley tallied five goals, with junior Richard May (Guilford, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall) making three assists and Gilani posting a 50 percent save percentage. As a team, Caltech drew a whopping 14 exclusions, but could only convert a handful of man-up opportunities.
Caltech 8, Mt. Sac 20
The hosts dominated the tournament finale from the start, posting a 7-1 edge over the first quarter and steadily increasing the margin throughout. Bradley would keep his hat trick streak intact with the minimum three goals, including a penalty, while Ross contributed a pair.
Bonafede and the Beavers enjoy a three-week break before hosting Division I Fordham University (3-4) on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.