EAGLE ROCK, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2017) – Led by freshmen Rahul Arun (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Adlai E Stevenson) and Steven Csaposs (Davis, Calif. / Davis), the Caltech men's water polo team earned its third victory over Occidental College on Saturday, completing the elusive season sweep of the Tigers. The 17-goal effort is also the most by the Beavers against a SCIAC team in program history and over the course of this season's three Occidental games, Head Coach Jon Bonafede's squad has incrementally increased its margin of victory over the Tigers from one goal, to three goals, to five goals.
The Beavers jumped out to a 5-1 first period on their SCIAC rival and never looked back. Arun kicked off Caltech scoring with a goal in the first minute of the game while leading the Beavers with two goals in the period. The team leader in steals finished the game with four goals, one assist and one steal while adding two drawn exclusions on his season. Along with Csaposs, who led the team with another six-goal game, the duo proved to be a force too strong for the Tigers to contain. Sophomore goalie Bradley Justice (El Cajon, Calif. / Grossmont) was also an x-factor for the Beavers, as he made 12 saves, effectively stopping as many shots as goals scored by the Tigers. Freshman Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) was another x-factor for the Beavers, chipping in with a goal in addition to another 4-for-4 sprint day that helped the Beavers set a tone right from the onset. He also drew a season-high five exclusions as a pure speed mismatch.
Several Beavers got in on the scoring in a much needed victory that snapped a five-game losing skid. Sophomore driver Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) potted three goals and freshman John Wang (Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter Academy), freshman Neil Sanderson (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Winchester) along with junior Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny) also found the net. The Beavers took a 13-9 lead into the fourth period and with the benefit of having been in the situation before, buckled down defensively while adding four more goals for good measure.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers will return home on Wednesday, Nov. 1 when they host the University of La Verne at 7 p.m.