THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2014) – Sophomore Chris Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Serra) scored five goals to pull within single digits of the program record as the Caltech men's water polo team dropped a SCIAC matchup at California Lutheran University on Wednesday evening.
The Kingsmen improve to 6-11 overall and 2-2 in the SCIAC while the Beavers are now 7-14 (0-3).
Cal Lutheran opened the scoring with four goals in the first 4:30 of the match before Bradley notched his first of the day. After the Kingsmen made it 5-1 with two minutes remaining, Bradley grabbed his second to keep the margin at three. Cal Lutheran scored on the next possession, however, and again following a goal by junior Jim Blackwood (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) to take a 7-3 lead into the second quarter.
The Beavers could not muster a goal in the second quarter and trailed 12-3 at the half, but matched the Kingsmen goal-for-goal in the third quarter as junior Patric Eck (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) bagged a brace while Bradley and Blackwood added one apiece.
Bradley tacked on two more goals in the fourth quarter, but that was all the offense Caltech had as Cal Lutheran put away seven for the final 23-9 score line.
The sophomore has tallied 108 goals on the season, leaving him just nine shy of tying David Bruning's 1986 record of 117 with five matches remaining this season.
Head Coach Pat Beemer and the Beavers will head to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (7-12, 3-0) on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m.