PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 15, 2015) – Senior Shalini Majumdar (Orinda, Calif. / Miramonte) netted her second hat trick of the season as the Caltech women's water polo team hosted Macalester College and the Virginia Military Institute on Sunday.
Caltech 5, Macalester 18
The Beavers matched their season-high goal total for the fourth time in their first match Sunday. The Scots shot out of the gates to a 5-0 lead before Majumdar scored an exclusion goal. She added the Beavers' second tally early in the second quarter, but Macalester stretched out to a 13-2 lead by halftime.
Majumdar completed the hat trick on Caltech's first possession of the second half and senior Monica Enlow (Suwanee, Ga. / North Gwinnett) chipped in another at the 5:32 mark. Senior Jing Xu (Mountain View, Calif. / Los Altos) tallied the Beavers' final goal to open the fourth quarter.
Caltech 4, VMI 23
VMI stormed out to an 11-0 lead to start the final game of the day. Majumdar again netted the Beavers' first goal midway through the second quarter and junior Soumya Kannan (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M Gunn) got on the board late in the period as VMI led 12-2 at the half.
The Keydets extended the margin to 15 at 17-2 before Caltech struck again, with Kannan converting a penalty after making a heads-up pass toward an open freshman Carly Robison (Saratoga, Calif. / Castilleja) that was interfered with by a VMI player who was late leaving play after an exclusion. Kannan completed the hat trick with a strike at the 5:19 mark in the fourth quarter.
Head Coach Pat Beemer and the Beavers will host Washington & Jefferson College (5-6) on Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 5:00 p.m.