PASADENA, CA - Washington & Jefferson overcame an early deficit and a solid effort from Caltech as they posted an 8-5 win on Thursday afternoon.
Playing one of their best games of the season the Beavers fired 19 shots on goal and jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Soumya Kannan scored the first two goals of the game. Her initial net finder came late in the shot clock with a rocket shot from eight yards on Caltech's second opportunity. Two possessions later she scored on a five-meter penalty shot.
After a Charlotte Lima goal cut the Presidents deficit in half, Kannan made it a first period hat trick to up Caltech's lead back to two goals at 3-1. Washington and Jefferson made the score 3-2 heading into the second period on a goal with 51 seconds left in the frame.
Kannan scored her fourth goal of the day less than three minutes into the second quarter to push Caltech back in front by two goals at 4-2. However, the Presidents finished the stanza by scoring the final three goals as they took a 5-4 lead at intermission.
The visitors upped their lead in the third quarter by outscoring Caltech 2-0 on goals by Gabrielle Rodriguez and Catherine Villa.
Down 7-4, Kannan kept Caltech within striking distance of the win by scoring her fifth goals just 63 seconds into the last frame. However, Caltech couldn't nudged any closer and the Presidents scored the game's final goal with 45 ticks left to round out the scoring.
Kannan's five-goal outburst was a personal best for the sophomore. She scored her goals on just eight shots.
Connie Hsueh blocked 17 shots in front of the cage, including several one-on-one opportunities, to aid in Caltech's effort. Her saves marked a season high total and was just one away from her career high.