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Mia Adsen had three goals in a tight Toronto win (photo by Thomas Walker)
Mia Adsen had three goals in a tight Toronto win (photo by Thomas Walker)

CMS Women's Water Polo Wins Twice at Redlands Mini-Tournament

REDLANDS, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's water polo team traveled to Redlands for two games on Saturday and came away with a 17-6 win over host Redlands in a non-conference game, and added a 12-9 win over Toronto.

With the wins, CMS improves to a level 5-5 on the year, with all five losses to Division I programs (two to CSU Northridge, and one apiece against Brown, Marist and LIU). 

The nightcap was a tight battle that saw CMS deadlocked with Toronto 9-9 heading into the fourth quarter after Mia Adsen tied it with 2:27 left in the third. Cooper McKenna gave the Athenas the lead with 6:56 to go, and Adsen followed with another key goal to put CMS ahead 11-9 with 4:37 left. Just under a minute and a half later, Ka'imi Duncklee converted for the final goal of the contest. 

Natalie Stearns came on in the second half and allowed only two goals, finishing with four saves to get the win. Adsen led the Athenas with three goals and an assist, while Duncklee and Valerie Wraith each added two goals. 

The opening game was never in doubt as CMS opened on an 11-0 run before going on to win 17-6. Grace Clark started things off with two goals in the opening 1:02, and was followed by goals from Wraith, McKenna, Caitlin Muñoz and Elise Power to make it 6-0 after the first quarter. 

Wraith started the second quarter with two straight goals in the first 1:04, and Dara Schoolcraft followed with back-to-back goals before Tonanxochitl Ortega capped off the 11-0 run. 

Clark finished with three goals and two assists, Wraith had three goals and an assist, and McKenna added a hat trick for CMS. Ortega ended up with a two-goal game as well, while Schoolcraft had two goals and two assists. 

CMS will be back in action in two weeks for the Claremont Convergence, taking on USC, CSU Fullerton, Santa Clara and CSU Monterey Bay at Axelrood Pool.