CMS Men's Water Polo Closes Out Regular Season with 14-3 Win Over Caltech

Will Clark's hat trick helped CMS to an easy win (photo by Tessa Guerra)
Will Clark's hat trick helped CMS to an easy win (photo by Tessa Guerra)

PASADENA, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo team scored the game's first eight goals and went on to capture a 14-3 win over Caltech in its regular season finale on Saturday at Braun Pool.

With the win, CMS concludes the regular season at 16-10 overall and 11-3 in SCIAC play, earning the right to host the SCIAC Semifinals on Friday night against Pomona-Pitzer. The two teams tied for second place in the regular season and split with each other, with each team winning by a goal. The next tiebreaker was record against the first-place team (Whittier), who CMS was 1-1 against and Pomona-Pitzer was 0-2. 

CMS took a 5-0 lead into intermission behind two goals and an assist from sophomore Will Clark in the first 16 minutes. Senior Ethan Lewis started the scoring, and junior CJ Box added a goal to make it a 2-0 lead. Clark then scored two straight, befire sophomore Eric Warmoth closed out the first half scoring to make it a 5-0 lead. 

Junior Christian Thornton started the second half with a goal, and Clark finished off his hat trick to help make it 8-0 before the Beavers got on the board. Sophomore Andrew Wraith and first-year Noah Weldon each tacked on a pair of second-half goals for the Stags. 

CMS will next host Pomona-Pitzer for the second time in a little over a week after the Sagehens took a 10-9 sudden death overtime win at Axelrood Pool on Wedneday, winning after Zack Rossman tied the score with only two seconds left. The Stags won the first meeting at Pomona-Pitzer 9-8, with a late goal from Lewis proving to be the game-winner.