PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2014) – Sophomore Chris Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Serra) shattered the single-season program record for goals with an eight-score performance on the biggest of stages against the No. 20 Whittier College Poets on Saturday morning.
Bradley netted eight of the Beavers' 11 goals as a third-quarter Caltech rally fell short, 17-11. The Poets improve to 18-12 overall and 6-0 in the SCIAC, while the Beavers drop to 7-17 (0-6).
Bradley's eight goals bring his season total to 122, easily surpassing David Bruning's 1986 mark of 117.
Whittier jumped onto the board on the first possession, but Bradley responded for Caltech with his first goal of the day. The Poets locked down on defense and rattled off four straight goals to go up 5-1 over the next four minutes, but Bradley notched his second strike on a perfectly placed shot from nearly mid-pool before the period ended to cut the deficit to three.
The Poets came out of the first break firing as they racked up three unanswered goals to extend the lead to 8-2 just three minutes into the second quarter. Bradley promptly tied the program record to pull the deficit back to five, and three minutes later set the mark as he finished a three-on-one breakaway, with junior Jim Blackwood (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) recording the historic assist.
After scoring a last-second goal heading into halftime, Whittier tacked on three more to open up a match-high eight-goal margin at 13-5 just a minute into the third quarter and seemingly put away the Beavers. Caltech was far from finished, however, as Blackwood and Bradley netted a goal apiece to quietly cut the deficit back to seven by the end of the quarter.
Caltech put Whittier on notice to start the fourth quarter, exploding for another three unanswered goals to pull back within four to open the period. The Poets recovered in time to put the match out of reach, though, scoring three of the final four goals to seal the 17-11 victory.
Head Coach Pat Beemer and the Beavers will finish up the regular season with a pair of road matches, beginning at rival Occidental College (5-22, 0-6) on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.