Photo: Lydia Percin
CLAREMONT, Calif. (Mar. 2, 2019) – The Caltech women's water polo team continued to compete with higher competition on the second day of the Gary Troyer Tournament, taking on Division II California State University, Monterrey Bay and Division I Siena University back-to-back.
Game 1: CSU Monterrey Bay 28, Caltech 6
Caltech put up a season-best three goals in the first quarter of the first Saturday game. Senior Katie Johnston (Livermore, Calif. / Livermore) got Caltech on the board with an unassisted tally at just under the five-minute mark. Senior teammate Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online), making her season debut after a successful run at the SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships last weekend then scored her first goal of the season later in the quarter. Percin connected with Johnston on Caltech's third goal towards the end of the quarter and both players went on to score one more time each. Percin finished with a well-rounded line of two goals, two assists and four steals while Johnston led Caltech with three goals and 11 total shots. Senior Hana Keller (Sammamish, Wash. / Tesla STEM) also scored for Caltech about half-way through the second quarter.
Game 2: Siena 18, Caltech 6
The Beavers matched their offensive output from the previous game against their second Division I opponent of the weekend in Siena. This time, Caltech spread its offense out over all four quarters of the game. Johnston once again scored three times for Caltech and has now scored in each of the Beavers' first five games to start the year. The senior also added six total shots and one assist. Percin, meanwhile added two more goals for the Beavers to go along with two steals. Junior Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) scored her first goal of the season as well, and classmate Gabriella Chan (Colleyville, Texas / School for the Talented and Gifted) picked up one assist.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers will have a quick turnaround, taking on Penn State University Behrend on Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 7 p.m.