PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 6, 2015) – Junior Soumya Kannan (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn) netted five goals over the Caltech women's water polo team's first two games in the season-opening Convergence Tournament on Friday.
The Beavers took on the University of La Verne in the 10:00 a.m. game at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Chapman University in the afternoon at Claremon-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
Game 1: Caltech 5, La Verne 16
After three scoreless minutes, La Verne netted the first three goals of the game before the Beavers got on the board. Kannan opened her account for the season at the 1:57 mark and junior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) scored just minutes into her debut shortly thereafter to bring Caltech back within two at 4-2.
La Verne scored on its final possession of the quarter and tacked on two more to start the second when senior Shalini Majumdar (Orinda, Calif. / Miramonte) found the back of the net to make it 7-3. The captain completed the brace later in the quarter, but the Leopards surged to a 13-4 lead at halftime. La Verne added three more in the third quarter before Caltech locked down on defense, not allowing a single goal in the final 11 minutes of play, and Kannan netted a consolation goal at the buzzer for the Beavers' highest goal total against a conference opponent in almost two years.
Game 2: Caltech 3, Chapman 22
The Beavers found themselves down 4-0 to start their second game, when Kannan struck for her third goal of the day. Chapman exploded for nine unanswered goals over the remainder of the first half, but Kannan grabbed a goal in each of the final periods to complete the hat trick.
Head Coach Pat Beemer and the Beavers will look to bounce back tomorrow on Day Two of the tournament, when they face Occidental College at 9:00 a.m. and Cal Lutheran University at 3:40 p.m.