WASHINGTON, Penn. (Mar. 18, 2018) – The Caltech women's water polo team is coming off a three-match road trip in Western Pennsylvania where they took on Grove City College and Washington & Jefferson College in addition to a rematch with Penn State University Behrend within the span of three days this past weekend.
Grove City 18, Caltech 11
Caltech scored its most goals of the season in the first game of the weekend series at Grove City on Friday evening. Junior Katie Johnston (Livermore, Calif. / Livermore) led the way for the Beavers with three goals on seven attempts. Johnston acted as the epicenter for the Caltech offense and drew three exclusions while also contributing one assist. Fellow junior Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) was to the Caltech defense as Johnston was to the offense. The Beavers' top option on sprints came away with five steals but also scored two goals on three shots, using her speed to draw an additional two exclusions. Sophomore Gabriella Chan (Colleyville, Texas / School for the Talented and Gifted) also had an offensive breakout with two goals, as did sophomore Mackenzie Wooten (Las Vegas, Nev. / Northwest Career and Technical Academy), who matched Chan's output. Additionally, freshman Elaine Lowinger (North Miami, Fla. / Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Biscayne Bay Campus) scored the first goal of her career and made eight second half saves between the pipes. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Kreider (River Forest, Ill. / Oak Park and River Forest) made seven saves for the Beavers playing the first half. The Beavers overcame a slow start to finish the game on a high note with several goals scorers.
Penn State Behrend 16, Caltech 7
The Beavers returned to action the following day against a familiar foe in the Penn State Behrend Lions. The Beavers put together some productive passing and came together as a team on a handful of effective offensive sequences, resulting in seven goals. Two of came on behalf of Johnston, who also added one assist, one steal and two drawn exclusions. Takahashi, meanwhile went a perfect 4-for-4 on sprints, an improvement on the Beavers' last meeting with the Lions. She also added two goals and two steals as the Beavers' steals leader. Junior Hana Keller (Sammamish, Wash. / Tesla STEM) did well in two-meter defense with a pair of field blocks. Chan also scored for a second consecutive game.
Washington & Jefferson 13, Caltech 5
Caltech's offensive improvements went on further display against Washington & Jefferson. Led by Johnston's two goals on five shots and Takahashi's three goals on five shots, the Beavers came together for 20 shots on cage. The duo also combined for five steals, while Chan found the back of the net for a third consecutive game. Sophomore Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) also scored for the first time in the series. Sophomore Kreider also spent the entire game in net for the first time of the weekend and made 11 saves over the course of the 36-minute game.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers will return to SCIAC play on Wednesday, Mar. 21 when they host California Lutheran University at 5 p.m.