Athenas Net Two Victories in Games Against Caltech, Whittier

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.

“The game
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.”

CMS leapt
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.”

Attacker Roxy
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.

Looking
ahead, the Athenas will face off against
Chapman University (11-12, 3-2 SCIAC) Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

“Obviously
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.”

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