NORWALK, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2015) – Junior Christopher Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Serra) surpassed 30 goals in just the seventh game of the season, netting four in the Caltech men's water polo team's defeat to Cerritos College on Wednesday.
Caltech stays above .500 at 4-3 on the season while Cerritos improves to 5-3.
The Beavers got out to a decent start as they won the opening sprint and senior James Blackwood (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) ripped a pair of shots, but Cerritos would score the first two goals against the run of play. Caltech finally struck at the 1:47 mark when Bradley drew and converted a penalty, but the hosts tacked on another with 59 seconds remaining in the quarter and made it 4-1 midway through the second.
Bradley scored his second of the day from the left wing via an assist from freshman Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) on a man-up opportunity to pull back within two with just 3:45 remaining. Freshman Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny) made seven of his eight saves in the first 11 minutes of gameplay, but the Falcons offense exploded for five goals in the final 4:35 of the half to put the game essentially out of reach at 9-2.
Cerritos added four more goals in the third quarter to make it nine straight before Caltech got back on the board. Blackwood did well to put one away at the 2:08 mark and the Beavers found their footing on offense in the fourth quarter, but could not keep pace with the Falcons as they were outscored 7-4 for a 20-7 final. Bradley bookended the quarter with a solo strike and buzzer-beater while junior Tomas Tussie (Weston, Fla. / Cypress Bay) and freshman Billy Bloomquist (Campbell, Calif. / The Harker School) tallied one apiece. Freshman Shaurya Gilani (Chicago, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson) recorded five saves in the second half.
"Cerritos was good, big, fast and hit us hard on the counter, especially late in the second and fourth quarters," Head Coach Jon Bonafede said. "We missed an early opportunity that would have led to more goals in the first half, but we are better than we showed today."
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers will take a two-week break before returning to the pool on Wednesday, Sept. 30 as they host Johns Hopkins University in the home opener at 6 p.m.