Connecticut Nudges Past Beavers

Connecticut Nudges Past Beavers

PASADENA, Calif. -- A strong start and finish aided the Connecticut College women's water polo team to a 12-7 win over Caltech on Friday afternoon at the Braun Pool.

Connecticut got on the board first less than two minutes into the contest on a goal by Emily Hunter. The Beavers responded with two answered goals by Anastasia Markovtsova and Caitlin Regan. However, the home squad's 2-1 lead lasted for just a few moments as the Camels closed the final two-plus minutes first period on a 3-0 scoring spurt take a 5-2 lead.

The visitors built their lead to 6-2 on the second period's first possession. Caltech responded two minutes later on a goal by Hanna Dodd. Each team scored late goals in the second stanza as the Connecticut held a 7-4 advantage at the intermission.

Caltech won the third period scoring 2-1 as Erin Hoops and Janis Intoy chipped in goals as the Camels lead shrunk to one goal at 8-6 with eight minutes left to play.

Regan scored on the Beavers opening possession of the final frame to put the pressure on the Connecticut attack. Unfortunately for the Beavers, Connecticut held the Beavers scoreless the rest of the way and finished the game by scoring four consecutive goals to seal the victory.

The Beavers offense was led by Regan's hat trick while a four-some of Caltech players each chipped in a goal. Connie Hseuh recorded five blocks in goal.

Connecticut's Kristin Lampley was a scoring machine for the vistors as she recorded seven goals.

Caltech travels to future SCIAC foe Chapman on Saturday morning for an 11:00 a.m. contest with the Panthers.