LA VERNE, Calif. (Apr. 21, 2017) – Caltech women's water polo finished up its season in the SCIAC Championships hosted by the University of La Verne over the weekend, first against Occidental College on Friday before taking on the University of Redlands on Saturday. Sophomore Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) finished her season on a seven-game scoring streak and with 55 total goals over 18 games, topping her freshman total (51) while finishing one goal off of Ashley Grant '07's program record.
Friday: Caltech 4, Occidental 18
Percin extended her scoring streak to six games in the first of her team's two weekend games. Occidental attacked quickly and led by four by the time Percin took advantage of an exclusion. The Beavers exhibited some of their best defensive moments of the game in the second quarter when they held the Tigers to just four goals. The period also saw sophomore Hana Keller (Sammamish, Wash. / Tesla STEM) assist senior Mary Boyajian (Sun Valley, Calif. / Village Christian) for her only goal of the game. The next goal for the Beavers did not fall until halfway through the third quarter when sophomore Katie Johnston (Livermore, Calif. / Livermore) scored. The Beavers defense only gave up two goals in the third period before Percin added to her scoring total on a pass from junior Devi Ganapathi (La Crescenta, Calif. / Crescenta Valley). Freshman goalie Sarah Kreider (River Forest, Ill. / Oak Park and River Forest) made three saves for the Beavers.
Saturday: Caltech 4, Redlands 14
The second day of the tournament went slightly better for the Beavers against Redlands. The first minutes of the game were close as Johnston knotted the game at one with five minutes remaining in the first quarter. Seconds later, the Bulldogs fired off four more goals to put the Beavers at a five-goal deficit to end the period. Percin scored twice more and freshman Mackenzie Wooten (Las Vegas, Nev. / Northwest Career and Technical Academy) scored her second goal of the season on a pass from Percin, whose final goal came on a buzzer-beater in the final frame. The Beavers' defense tightened late, holding the Bulldogs to just four goals in the second half.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede's Beavers finish their season 1-17 overall and received positive contributions up and down their young squad. They will look to build upon their 2017 next spring when they'll look for the first SCIAC win in program history.