Photo by Michael Wong
PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2016) – Senior Chris Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Junipero Serra) and sophomore Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny) kept Caltech men's water polo in the entire game with five goals apiece in an 18-11 loss to the Division III No. 8 University of La Verne Leopards.
Despite starting the match down 4-0, the Beavers fought back and after as Ross netted two goals in the final few minutes of the period, at which point Caltech trailed 5-2.
Bradley came alive in the second period, scoring four goals as the Beavers outplayed ULV over a six-minute span. Caltech's stingy defense held the Leopards to only one goal in the opening three minutes, but still limited La Verne to just four over the entire quarter to maintain the three-goal deficit at halftime, 9-6.
Ross opened the second half with a goal to bring the Beavers within two, but that was as close as they would get. The Leopards went on to score the next four goals to take a 13-8 lead after the third quarter and put the game out of reach in the fourth, although freshman Bradley Justice (El Cajon, Calif. / Grossmont) scored a nice consolation goal on a breakaway for Caltech.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers return to action for the home finale this Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. against Whittier College (15-10, 4-1). Caltech will honor its six graduating seniors before the game.