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Caltech Overcomes Slow Start to Edge Women’s Water Polo

Brooklynn Hayes

PASADENA, Calif. – The Connecticut College women's water polo team fell to Caltech by a 13-12 score on Tuesday evening. The Beavers overcame a four-goal deficit by outscoring the Camels in each of the last three quarters to pull out the one-goal victory.

Connecticut College burst out to a 4-0 lead after one quarter of play. Sophomore Stephania Lopez (Chicago, Ill.) found the back of the net twice in a span of 68 seconds, and Marissa Moreno (San Diego, Calif.) and junior Kaitlin Reagan (Saratoga, Calif.) followed with back-to-back markers before the end of the frame. The Beavers, however, clawed back and scored four of the next five goals during the second quarter. A balanced attack by the hosts, which was capped by a Mackenzie Wooten marker with just four seconds remaining, made it 5-4 in favor of the Camels heading into the break.

Caltech (2-8) continued to hang around and chip away at the deficit in the second half and was able to tie the game for the first time since the opening stages when Gemma Takahashi netted a goal with 30 seconds left to create a 9-9 deadlock. Brittany Percin then gave the Beavers their first lead at 10-9 at the 6:43 mark, but Lopez had an answer 1:20 later to tie the game at 10s. Caltech, however, tallied three unanswered and held off a late run by the Camels to survive and post the one-goal win.

Lopez led the Camels by lighting up for seven goals and three assists. Moreno added two goals and an assist, while Reagan notched three steals. Junior Ginny McCool (Delray Beach, Fla.) made six saves between the posts and most notably did not yield a goal in the first quarter.

Connecticut College (3-4) will conclude a four-game stretch in California when it visits Chapman at 4:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. EST).