Women's Water Polo Opens Season with First Win Since 2012

Women's Water Polo Opens Season with First Win Since 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 28, 2016) – Freshman Katie Johnston (Livermore, Calif. / Livermore) set a single-game program record with nine goals in the Caltech women's water polo team's first win since 2012, over Macalester College on Sunday morning.

Johnston scored half of the Beavers' goals in the 18-13 victory, with junior Mary Boyajian (Sun Valley, Calif. / Village Christian) dishing out a program-record six assists and senior Stephanie Wong (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) making 13 saves in goal.  Senior Soumya Kannan (Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry M Gunn) added four goals, four drawn exclusions, three steals and two assists while freshman Brittany Percin (Moraga, Calif. / Stanford Online) netted three goals, made three steals and won all four sprints.


Caltech 6, Carthage 21

The Lady Reds stormed out to an 8-1 lead after the first quarter and 17-2 edge by halftime, but Caltech matched Carthage goal-for-goal in the second half as Johnston, Kannan and Percin each bagged a brace in the season opener.  Percin added four steals while Johnston and Kannan drew four exclusions apiece.


Caltech 12, Monmouth 18

The Beavers opened the season trading goals with Monmouth University through the first couple minutes, but the Hawks took a 5-2 lead after the first quarter.  Caltech pulled back within a goal at 5:41 in the second quarter but Monmouth surged ahead, 11-4, by halftime and the Beavers could not keep pace.  Percin led the squad with six goals while Johnston and Kannan each recorded a hat trick, with Kannan and Boyajian notching three assists apiece.  Kannan also set a single-game program record with seven drawn exclusions.


Caltech 10, Carthage 19

In a rematch of the season opener, Caltech improved on the prior day's result.  The Lady Reds jumped out to another big 7-1 lead at halftime, but the Beavers rallied to within two as Percin scored a hat trick in the third quarter alone.  Carthage would rattle off three more goals in the last 1:29 of the period, however, and stretched the margin back out to nine by the end of the game.

Percin finished with five goals while Kannan chipped in three goals, five assists and five drawn exclusions and Boyajian added two goals, three assists and four steals.


Caltech 18, Macalester 13

In the final game of the weekend, Caltech took the lead on the first possession and held a narrow margin through halftime.  Johnston netted the first of her program-record nine goals to stake the Beavers to the lead, then scored a second ahead of a Percin tally for the 3-1 edge.  Kannan made it 4-1 on the next possession, but Macalester pulled back within one at 4-3 with 3:13 left in the quarter.  Kannan completed the hat trick two minutes later, however, and added her fourth goal of the quarter just seconds before the buzzer, giving Caltech the 7-3 lead heading into the second quarter. 

Percin made it a five-goal game with an early score to start the quarter, but the Scots caught fire with four unanswered strikes to fight back within one with 1:13 left in the half.  Johnston gave the Beavers some breathing room and canceled out a late Macalester score with another buzzer-beating tally as Caltech led 10-8 at halftime.

The Scots flipped the game with three quick goals to open the third quarter and take their first lead of the game at 11-10.  The teams traded the lead over the next few minutes, with sophomore Ciara Ordner (Niceville, Fla. / Niceville) netting her first career goal to tie it back up at 12-12, before another late Johnston score broke a 13-13 tie and put Caltech ahead going into the final quarter.  Junior Sasha Zemsky (Mount Kisco, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) netted a key goal – the first of her career as well – on the first possession to double the margin and the Beavers defense packed it in from there, holding Macalester scoreless over the entire period while tacking on three more goals to seal the victory.


Johnston led the team with a hand in 22 goals, scoring 14 and assisting eight, over the four-game slate, while Percin netted 16 and Kannan 12.  Kannan racked up a squad-best 20 drawn exclusions while Percin won all 16 sprints and made a team-high 13 steals and five field blocks.  Boyajian totaled 14 assists and matched Kannan for the second-most steals, with seven.

Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Beavers head to the Convergence Tournament, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, where they will play another four games between Friday and Saturday, Mar. 4 and 5.




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