Late Scoring Lifts Connecticut in Exciting Contest
PASADENA, CA - A thrilling men's water polo contest on Sunday morning went the way of Connecticut College as the Camels pulled out a 10-9 victory over Caltech with a fourth quarter scoring surge.
A high scoring final period proved to be the difference in the game. After the two teams combined for 11 goals through the first 24 minutes of action, they scored eight in the last stanza. With Caltech holding a 7-4 lead after the third period, the Camels scored three unanswered goals to start the fourth period as they tied the game at 7-7 with 4:20 left in regulation.
A Jim Blackwood goal on Caltech's ensuing possession gave the lead back to the Beavers. However, Connecticut scored the next two goals to take a 9-8 advantage with 1:32 remaining. It was their first lead of the game since early in the second period.
Chris Bradley knotted the score at 9-9 with a beautiful placed lob shot with 43 ticks left. However, the Camels responded by scoring what proved to be the game winning goal 16 seconds later when Robert Spencer found the back of the cage. Caltech had a chance on the extra-person attack in the closing seconds but couldn't get on the board.
The Beavers were able to jumped out to an early lead thanks in large part to a well balanced offense and solid defense. Bradley scored three of his team-high four goals prior to fourth period while Blackwood chipped in a pair of early period goals. CJ Culpepper and Patric Eck also found the back of the cage in helping give the home team an early lead.
Junior goalie Ben Grabowski came-up with timely saves en route to a 16 save morning.
The Camels offense was led by Spenser's five-goal outburst while Sam Siegel-Wallace added a pair.