REDLANDS, Calif. – With just over three minutes left in regulation, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo team clung to an 8-7 lead. Redland's Grant Curry scored a pair of goals in the final 3:06 to edge the Stags 9-8 on Wednesday night.
Curry led the Bulldogs on the night with five of Redlands' nine goals.
Peter Tilton opened the scoring in the match with a goal less than two minutes into the contest. Redlands countered by scoring the next two goals and taking a 2-1 lead midway through the opening period. Zack Rossman (CMC) tallied the final goal of the first period to tie the match at 2-2 heading to the second quarter.
The goal from Rossman started a 4-1 run for CMS that spanned into the second period. On the run, Discoll scored a pair of goals and Deer added one to put the Stags up 5-3 with a minute left in the half. Mitchell Walker scored for the Bulldogs in the final minute of the half to make it a one-goal margin heading into the break.
The Bulldogs opened the second-half with the first three goals to take a two-goal lead. The Stags did not go away easily, scoring the next three goals to take an 8-7 advantage late in the fourth period. This run featured three different scorers with Tilton, Deer, and Graham Fullerton (CMC) each connecting in a four-minute span.
As mentioned, Grant Curry scored a pair of goals late to give Redlands the lead and the eventual victory at 9-8.
Redlands took advantage of the eight powerplays that they were given. The Bulldogs scored on seven of their eight man-up opportunities, while CMS connected on just two of their six chances.
In goal, Ethan Lewis made eight saves for the Stags and collected two steals.
The loss drops the Stags to 8-10 on the season and 3-2 in the SCIAC. CMS will next jump into the pool against Cal Lutheran on Saturday morning with the match scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.