ORANGE, Calif. – The Chapman University men's water polo team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 14-9 win over Caltech earlier this evening. Nine different Panthers scored goals while freshman goalkeeper Owen McNicholas put up a career-high eight saves.
Chapman and Caltech traded points the entire first quarter, with the Beavers coming back to tie the match three times before the Panthers took a 4-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
Chapman extended their lead with back-to-back goals from sophomore Evan Belli and freshman Ryan Nielsen before Caltech scored their only goal of the second quarter. With just over a minute left in the first half, sophomore Andy Anguiano scored the Panthers' seventh goal of the half, putting Chapman up 7-4 at halftime.
Sophomore Philip MacLean found the back of the net to kick off the second half, but the Beavers answered with a goal just over two minutes later. With under two minutes left to play, Nielsen and sophomore Brad Wilson put Chapman up by their biggest lead of five goals. Caltech junior Steven Csaposs snuck one in with one second left on the clock to cut the deficit to 10-6 heading into the final quarter of play.
Sophomore Ethan Walter answered, scoring two consecutive goals to put Chapman up 12-6 with just under six minutes left to play. Caltech scored two more goals, but the Panthers were always there to answer right back with a goal of their own. Csaposs found the back of the net one last time with 1:40 left on the clock but the Panthers ran away with the 14-9 victory.
Nielsen tallied a hat trick in the effort, followed by Wilson, Belli and Walter with two goals apiece. Juniors Hayden Reider and Joshua Benitez, sophomore Andy Anguiano and freshman Andy Colmignoli all scored one goal to help the Panthers.
Benitez, junior Hunter Ramaekers and seniors Peter Dales and Jared Bernardi all set up two assists to lead the squad. Senior goalkeeper Jack Gregov started the match, tallying one save before making way for McNicholas. Sophomore Danny Meisel finished the game between the pipes, tallying two saves in just four minutes played.
The Panthers head to Santa Clara University this weekend for the Julian Frasier Tournament but return home to Allred Olympic pool on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to host La Verne at 7 p.m.
by Katie Bell
Sports Information Assistant