CLAREMONT, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2018) – The Caltech men's water polo team picked up its second win of the season over Connecticut College in the second game of Friday's first day of the Gary Troyer Tournament hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.
Game 1: Iona 19, Caltech 11
Sophomore center Steven Csaposs (Davis, Calif. / Davis) and senior Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny) did most of the damage for the Beavers in the first game of Friday's tournament, with the former scoring five goals and the latter scoring four goals. Senior Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) scored Caltech's other two goals. Csaposs also dominated defensively for Caltech with four steals in a game where the Beavers began to assert themselves in the fourth quarter, matching Iona with four goals in the final frame.
Game 2: Caltech 7, Conn. College 4
The Beavers rose to the occasion in Friday's second game, defeating Connecticut College, 7-4, thanks to a stout defensive effort. Caltech held its opponent to one goal for each of the game's four quarters and ended the game with three unanswered goals. Csaposs found the back of the net twice, as did Govil, and sophomore Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) had a perfect game on sprints while adding four steals himself. Ross also scored, extending his scoring streak to 17 games dating back to 2017. Sophomore Neil Sanderson (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Winchester) and freshman Alex Wang (Saratoga, Calif. / The Harker School) also scored for Caltech.
"We're happy to get the win, but we are not satisfied," Head Coach Jon Bonafede said. "Our defense bailed us out on several occasions, but now it's time to carry the momentum over to try and build something bigger. Tonight when we go to bed, we're going to be thinking about Washington & Jefferson, and Penn State Behrend after that. It will be a great opportunity to see how far we've come since our road trip last month."
Bonafede and the Beavers will rematch Washington & Jefferson University tomorrow at 10:20 a.m.