Late Goals Push Redlands Past Stags

Late Goals Push Redlands Past Stags

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.

Robert Driscoll (CMC), Peter Tilton (CMC), and Noah Deer (CMC) each tallied two goals in the match. Driscoll also added an assist.

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.