CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 19, 2018) – The Caltech women's water polo team finished up the 2018 season on Wednesday afternoon at SCIAC co-leader Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.
Caltech's lone goal came on the powerplay when sophomore Samantha D'Costa (San Jose, Calif. / St. Francis) took a pass from junior Katie Johnston (Livermore, Calif. / Livermore) and tossed it into the net to get the Beavers on the board in the first period. Johnston also drew three exclusions and finishes the season as the Beavers' leader in goals (37), assists (12), drawn exclusions (43) and shot attempts (115). Johnston's season will have her within striking distance of the career goals record and is just one assist away from surpassing former teammates Mary Boyajian '17 for the program assists record. She has also drawn more exclusions than any other player in team history.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Kreider (River Forest, Ill. / Oak Park and River Forest) played the first three quarters and finished up with five saves to go with one steal. The sophomore took a big step in efficiency from her freshman year, surpassing her 2017 save total with Friday's effort while playing roughly 30 percent fewer minutes.
Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers will be returning all but one player on next year's squad, when they will be looking for their first SCIAC win.