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Emily McElroy had a hat trick to lead 12 different goal scorers (photo by Caelyn Smith)
Emily McElroy had a hat trick to lead 12 different goal scorers (photo by Caelyn Smith)

CMS Women's Water Polo Moves to 8-1 in SCIAC with Win Over Caltech

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Emily McElroy had three goals and all 14 field players who saw action had either a goal or an assist (including 12 different goal-scorers) as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's water polo team defeated Caltech 16-4 on Wednesday evening at Axelrood Pool.

The win was the sixth in a row for the Athenas in conference and improves their record to 12-7 overall and 8-1 in SCIAC games, remaining a half-game behind 8-0 Pomona-Pitzer, which visits Axelrood Pool on April 13. 

Christina Kulick had two goals and two assists, and Dara Schoolcraft added two goals for CMS, while nine other players had one goal apiece. Jessi Beyer led all players with three assists, to go with a goal, while Maddy Menard and Elise Power had two assists each.  

The Beavers hung tough for most of the first quarter, trailing 2-1 with the ball in the final few seconds, but CMS was able to get a stop and Courtney Coleman scored as the buzzer sounded to make it 3-1 Athenas going in the second quarter. McElroy and Kulick started the second quarter with goals, and after Caltech closed to within 5-2, Ka'imi Duncklee and Olivia Cairns scored in the final 1:32 of the half to make it a 7-2 CMS lead heading into intermission. 

Cassandra Ruedy, Emma Brezoczky and Beyer scored their first goals of the game in the third quarter, while Cooper McKenna, Mia Adsen, and Isabel Dhillon joined the scoring sheet in the fourth. CMS used all three goalies, with Jessica Salaz making one save in the first quarter, Ruth Efe making two in the second quarter, and Maribella Munoz-Jimenez adding two in the second half.  

CMS will be back in action on Saturday for a key road game against third-place Cal Lutheran, which CMS defeated 8-7 with one second left in the first meeting on Feb. 24.