Photo by Bob Palermini
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 17, 2015) – A multitude of stellar performances fueled the Caltech men's water polo squad to a 12-5 win over LA Trade Tech on Saturday morning.
The Beavers improve to 7-9 overall heading into SCIAC play.
LA Trade Tech hung with Caltech to escape the first quarter still tied at 2-2, but the Beavers took over in the second with a 5-1 advantage thanks to a hat trick from junior Christopher Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Serra) and three assists by senior James Blackwood (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula). Freshman Shaurya Gilani (Chicago, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson) slipped between the posts for the second half and dominated, surrendering two goals in the third quarter but shutting out the hosts in the fourth while making 11 saves. Caltech mustered another five goals over the half to depart with the decisive 12-5 victory.
Blackwood tied the program single-game record for a second time with six assists while Bradley netted five goals and made one assist. Freshman Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) and senior Patric Eck (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) turned in impressive performances as well, each netting twice along with an assist and seven combined steals. Freshman John Lloyd (San Diego, Calif. / Torrey Pines) made four saves over the first half.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers open SCIAC play on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the University of La Verne (4-13, 0-1).