Beavers Battle Poets In SCIAC Action
WHITTIER, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2022) - From the opening sprint, sophomore Sean Zheng (San Marino, Calif. / Polytechnic School) and his teammates were determined to write a different chapter in the Beavers matchup with the Whittier College Poets on Wednesday evening. Gaining possession for Caltech, Zheng's sprint win led to the ball getting to senior Max Bricken (Portland, Ore. / Westview) who fired home a shot within the game's first 20 seconds, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. While Bricken and teammates would quickly add on and build to a 2-0 advantage in the game's first minute, Whittier ultimately gained the advantage in their home pool, leaving Caltech on the short end of 9-16 result. With the loss, Caltech moves to 3-5, 0-2 SCIAC while Whittier improves to 6-9, 0-1 SCIAC.
After the early enthusiasm of Bricken's two goals, the teams traded empty possessions until Whittier scored at 4:54 of the first, with the Beavers still leading 2-1. After leveling the score at two goals each, it was Whittier who broke in front for good, scoring their third goal with 1:50 remaining. After another Poets goal less than 30 seconds later. Bricken scored his third goal of the period with 58 seconds remaining on a penalty shot bringing the Beavers within a goal at 3–4. When Whittier scored a late period goal, the teams swam to their benches with Caltech trailing 3-5.