CMS Men's Water Polo dominates Cal Tech

Post Game Recap by Drew Beckerman

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags defeated the CalTech Beavers 18-5 to improve to 10-9 on the season and an undefeated 3-0 in conference play.

The Stags opened the game up strong, as they scored a goal on all three of their opening possessions to take a quick 3-0 lead. However, the Beavers refused to let down and ended up trading goals with CMS until the score was 6-4 in the middle of the 2nd quarter. From this point on, CMS goalie Will Ferenc would play lights out. Ferenc would only let up one more goal in the game (on a penalty shot nonetheless) as he would compile 10 saves, many of which in brilliant fashion. The offense would support Ferenc magnificently, as CMS would outscore CalTech 12-1 over the final two-and-a-half quarters as they cruised to an 18-5 victory.

The CMS offense was a very well-rounded attack, as 11 different players were able to put the ball in the back of the net. The Stags were led by Ari Wes who tallied 3 goals, followed by Michael Lee, John Holland, Vincent Schiavoni, Jenson Tuomi, and McClatchy Ruskin all registering two goals, while Maarten Lefor, Huston Middlesworth, Daniel Polyakov, Josh Thomasson, and Greg Mann all adding a goal of their own. Huston Middlesworth did a great job distributing the ball as he assisted on four goals, while Brian Baier and Brian Downs both totaled three assists each. For the next two weeks, the Stags will hit the road to face Redlands, Cal Lutheran, and La Verne in three conference matches, but will be home again on November 5th to play Occidental.

Pre-Game Coverage

In this game, one team is aspiring to defend its SCIAC title, while the another is striving towards it.

It is indeed a "rags against riches" outline, as the CMS Stags (9-9,2-0 in SCIAC) are looking to stay undefeated against the Caltech Beavers (1-15), who lost 7 in a row coming into this matchup.
The Stags, after playing a rough non-conference schedule that include the likes of Navy, George Washington, Cal Baptist and John Hopkins, are feeling right at home and are starting to play quality ball. They polished off Whittier before winning a very big rivalry game that went down to the wire against Pomona-Pitzer. John Holland's 4 goals, allowed the Stags to withstand a Sagehen rally to win 10-8.
While the Stags are in the Water Polo spotlight, its fellow SCIAC member, Caltech, is still trying to get its program off the ground. With every key player of significance back, including goal machine junior Jack Blackwood, Caltech expects to be more competitive this season. So far, the Beavers have only won 1 game all season, a 10-9 win against CT College in overtime. However, in many other games, the Beavers either lost a close game (9-12 against Penn State Behrend) or was blown out of the water (6-23 against Fresno Pacific). The Beavers managed to have a slight offensive spurt recently, as shown by the 14 goals they scored against ranked Chapman. Unfortunately, Chapman scored 28 in the same game.
The game will take place in Axelrod Pool at 11:00 am.

Live Broadcast

The live audio and video coverage will begin at 10:50 AM as play starts at 11 AM. You can catch all of the live action on this page! Today's broadcast will be brought to you by Drew Beckerman (CMC '13) and Matthew Kwok (PZ '15).

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