WHITTIER, CA -- The 2012 men's water polo season comes to a close at the SCIAC Championship Tournament hosted by Whittier.
The nine-team, three-day format involves all competing teams in the conference.
#8 Occidental 11, #9 Caltech 0 (Score Sheet)
In what was deemed the play-in game to the tournament, the third time was not a charm for the Beavers.
After dropping two tightly contested games earlier this season to Occidental, Caltech couldn't get their offense together.
While holding the Tigers to two goals in both the first and second quarters, Caltech kept mis-firing at the cage.
Occidental continued to pull away with a three-goal third quarter then finished the contest with four goals in the final stanza.
The Beavers attempted 23 shots and also had seven extra-person attack opportunities but couldn't find the net.
#7 La Verne 13, #9 Caltech 7 (Score Sheet)
La Verne took advantage of a slow offensive start by the Beavers as Caltech's season came to a close on Saturday morning.
The Leopards took a 5-0 lead after the first quarter then added another goal before the Beavers got on the board. Brian Penserini put Caltech's first goal on the scoreboard with 4:50 left until halftime. The final goal of the first half of action came from La Verne as the seventh seeded team went into the locker room up 7-1.
Caltech's offense got a boost in the third quarter as they outscored La Verne 3-2. The Beavers scored three of the first four goals in the frame to pull within 8-4 but with one tick left on the clock in the quarter La Verne went up 9-4.
During the final period, La Verne put any hopes of a Beavers comeback aside by scoring the first two goals in the stanza. Caltech got their deficit down to five goals at 12-7 with just under 90 seconds left in the game but couldn't pull any closer.
Penserini put together another hat trick with a four-goal effort. It was the ninth time this season he scored at least three goals in a game. Jack Blackwood chipped in two goals in his final game. Patric Eck rounded out the goal scorers for the Beavers.