PASADENA (Mar. 13, 2019) – The Caltech women's water polo team, led by a collective team effort bagged its second win of the season when it defeated Connecticut College in a come-from-behind 13-12 win at home yesterday.
The Jon Bonafede-led Beavers did not score a single goal until the start of the second period, but from there did not register a single quarter with less than four goals. By the end of the third period, the Beavers found themsleves knotted up with the Camels thanks to an unassisted goal from senior Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland). With Caltech now in a groove, senior Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) got the scoring started in the final period with a goal at 6:43 assisted by freshman Sophie Devoe (La Jolla, Calif. / Bishop's) which also gave Caltech its first lead of the game.
After the Camels struck back in the ensuing minute, the Beavers exploded for three-straight goals and took a 13-10 lead with just under three minutes in regulation. With Conn College trailing by just one goal with under a minute to play, Devoe came up with a crucial steal to give possession back to the home team and kill the shot clock. Senior Katie Johnston (Livermore, Calif. / Livermore) played a big role in the Beavers flipping the switch after the first quarter. The senior led Caltech with four goals and two assists and now has 27 goals and 11 assists on the year. Devoe seconded Johnston in total points with two goals and three assists in arguably the best all-around game of her career. Two more Caltech player had multi-goal, multi-assist outings, with Takahashi and junior Mackenzie Wooten (Las Vegas, Nev. / Northwest Career and Technical Academy) each adding two of each to their season totals.
Caltech also got to showcase its defensive improvements. Percin finished the game with a team-high four steals while Devoe notched three, combining for seven of Caltech's 10 takeaways. Percin, the reigning SCIAC Champion in the 200 Free, also had a perfect night on sprints. Freshman goalkeeper Zoe Rock (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) used the Beavers' improved defensive game to her advantage, stopping seven shots en route to the second complete-game win of her career.
Bonafede and the Beavers will be back at home when they host SCIAC leader Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday, Mar. 16 at 5 p.m.