CLAREMONT, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2017) – The Caltech men's water polo team went two-for-two on the first day of the Gary Troyer Tournament. The Beavers' first win came against Occidental College in a rematch of Sept. 27's historic SCIAC victory.
Game 1: Caltech 12, Occidental 9
Junior driver Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) got the Beavers off on the right foot with the game's first goal at 3:16 in the first period but it was ultimately freshman Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) who proved to be the difference maker for the Beavers. Janosi, who came into SCIAC play as the Beavers' leading scorer but did not score in the team's previous meeting with Oxy, led the Beavers with four goals and went four-for-four on sprints to remain perfect in 2017. The freshman used his speed to affect the Tigers, particularly in the second period when he had two of the Beavers' four goals following a six-goal scoring outburst in the first. He also had Caltech's only drawn exclusion of the game.
The scoring from both sides slowed down considerably following the first half. The Beavers went into halftime leading the Tigers, 10-4. When the going got tough, the Caltech defense buckled down and held the Tigers to just five goals the rest of the way. Caltech would only score two goals between the final two frames but the defense kept its SCIAC foe at arm's length. Govil ended the game with three goals, as did fellow junior Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny). Freshman Steven Csaposs (Davis, Calif. / Davis) led the Caltech cause on defense with two steals and also chipped in with a goal. Sophomore goalie Bradley Justice (El Cajon, Calif. / Grossmont) also came away with two steals.
Game 2: Caltech 12, Penn State Behrend 10
Caltech played its second opponent, Penn State Behrend to a near identical score to that of the Occidental game. The final score was not the only thing similar between the two games, however. The Govil-Ross scoring duo once again led with three goals each. Govil once again started the scoring for Caltech, though this time his opening goal came in response to the Nittany Lions opening the game with two goals of their own. His second goal answered the Nittany Lions' third goal but freshman John Wang (Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter Academy) followed up with the Beavers' third goal of the period to knot things at three going into the second frame. Ross' big scoring spree came in the second period where he too had two goals. Freshman Csaposs proved to be the ultimate difference maker, however, dropping in two goals to go along with three drawn exclusions and one steal, solidifying himself as a matchup problem for the Nittany Lions. Fellow freshman Janosi picked up two assists and two steals, including the final steal to seal things for the Beavers. He did, however lose his first sprint of the season after a 46-for-46 run through the first month of the season.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers will resume tournament play on Saturday when they face off with McKendree University, then Connecticut College to wrap up the tournament.
Check out an interview conducted with Coach Bonafede prior to the tournament: