CLAREMONT, Calif. (Mar. 7, 2015) – Senior Shalini Majumdar (Orinda, Calif. / Miramonte) scored five goals over a pair of games as the Caltech women's water polo team took on Occidental College and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in the Convergence Tournament on Saturday.
After scoring more goals in the season opener (five) than they had against any conference opponent in nearly two years, the Beavers matched the feat twice this afternoon. Caltech has already scored more goals (18) in four games against conference opponents this season than in the eight games last year preceding the SCIAC Championships.
Game 1: Caltech 5, Occidental 24
Oxy wasted no time in sprinting to a 4-0 lead over the first four minutes of the game. Senior Monica Enlow (Suwanee, Ga. / North Gwinnett) netted the Beavers' first goal of the day at the 3:32 mark, but the Tigers would lead 7-1 at the end of the quarter. Both team captains, Majumdar and junior Soumya Kannan (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn), bagged a brace over the final three quarters, with Kannan scoring another final-possession goal with five seconds remaining.
Game 2: Caltech 5, CMS 16
The Athenas netted the first three goals of the game before Majumdar struck for the Beavers' first, but CMS would extend the lead to 10-1 at halftime. Caltech mustered a mini-run to open the second half, however, as Majumdar completed the hat trick and both Kannan and freshman Carly Robison (Saratoga, Calif. / Castilleja) tallied goals to pull back within six at 10-4. The Athenas recovered to put the game out of reach, though, with a 16-5 final score.
Head Coach Pat Beemer and the Beavers will look to ride their improved offense to a win in their home opener against Penn State-Behrend (0-3) on Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 5:00 p.m. The game is also an Orange Out event, with free t-shirts and an ice cream bar.