When attacker Jess Gaffney CM ’18 launched the ball into the
back of the net, marking the Athenas’ eighth on the night, she put
the finishing touches on a remarkable half of water polo and all but sealed the
victory for the Athenas over the California Insititute of Technology (0-14, 0-4
SCIAC). The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s water polo team (8-14, 5-0 SCIAC) would
go on to earn its first shutout of the season with a dominant 10-0 defeat of
the Beavers April 2.
this weekend against Caltech was a great way to keep our momentum in league going,”
utility player Brittany Arneson CM ’17 said. “Seven Athenas found the back of
the net, making it a true team effort.”
into the pool ready to play and wasted no time filling up their side of the
scoreboard by netting four goals in the first period.
“It was a
great game for us to focus on our offense, slowing ourselves down, setting our
plays up and making sure we took up most of the 35-second shot clock,” goalkeeper
Alex Maser CM’18 said. “Our two freshmen goalies split the game and managed to
collectively stop Caltech from ever scoring.”
Kiessling CM ’18 in particular enjoyed a strong start, scoring two of her
team-high three goals in the first period.
“Roxy had a
great game, getting a hat trick and leading the team in goals,” Arneson said.
“As a team, we have been working on playing as a unit. We have a large freshman
class, and integrating them into our system and learning how they play has been
the key to building a stronger team both offensively and defensively.”
The Athenas continued their strong play by defeating Whittier College (15-14, 3-2) April 8. Arneson led the way with three goals to spur CMS on to the 10-7 victory.
“We are one of
those teams that are collectively good friends, and we’ve done a great job of
keeping a positive and encouraging attitude throughout the season,” Maser said.
ahead, the Athenas will face off against
Chapman University (11-12, 3-2 SCIAC) Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
our number-one goal is to kill it at SCIACs,” Maser said. “We have three
games left, so we’re looking ahead and looking to leave it all in the pool.”