Photo by Michael Wong
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2016) – An indomitable display in goal from sophomore Shaurya Gilani (Chicago, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson) headlined a collaborative team effort that led to Caltech men's water polo's fifth win of the season in a 10-8 decision over San Diego Miramar College at the Chaffey Mini-Tournament on Saturday.
This marks the first time Caltech has won at least five games in three straight seasons since 1985-87. A sixth win this year would make it the first such streak since 1968-70.
Caltech 10, SD Miramar 8
Gilani stopped a phenomenal 22 of 30 shots, keeping Miramar off the board entirely in the first quarter and never allowing more than three goals in a single period. His contributions proved pivotal as the Beavers offense narrowly outpaced the hosts. Senior Chris Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Junipero Serra), freshman Bradley Justice (El Cajon, Calif. / Grossmont) and sophomore Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) keyed the offense with a combined nine goals and five assists as Caltech held a 3-0 lead after the first quarter but scored just once in the second quarter to barely retain a one-goal advantage at halftime. Both teams netted three more goals in the third quarter but the Beavers would hold on with a 3-2 edge in the fourth to claim the hard-fought victory.
Caltech 10, Chaffey 11
In the earlier game, the Beavers also scored the first goal, which was the only tally by either side in the first quarter as Gilani posted another shutout period. The hosts exploded for four goals in the second quarter, however, to lead at halftime by one, which would be the final margin as Caltech's rally in the fourth quarter after trailing by two at the end of the third fell jut short.
Bradley and sophomore Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny) netted a hat trick apiece, while Govil and Justice each notched a brace. Ross also drew four exclusions while Gilani made eight saves in net.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers return to SCIAC play on Wednesday, Oct. 26 when they host the University of Redlands (13-10, 2-0) at 4 p.m.