The University of Redlands men's water polo team celebrated Senior Day with a solid 15-7 win over the visiting Occidental College Tigers on Saturday. After celebrating the career of lone senior Max Taylor (Henderson, NV), the Bulldogs used a 9-2 scoring spurt to create a sizeable lead and never looked back in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) victory at the Thompson Aquatic Center.
After the Tigers snagged an early 2-1 lead, the Maroon and Gray came roaring back with eight unanswered goals by the 3:06-mark of the second quarter. The Bulldogs gained single scores from seven different players, with Taylor scoring twice to earn an early-game hat-trick on his Senior Day. Sophomore center Cooper Krause (Denver, CO) initiated Redlands' run with a goal and then provided the assist on sophomore attack player Spencer Allen's (Long Beach, CA) power-play netter at the 5:07-mark of the second quarter.
Although Occidental fired off four-consecutive goals, the Bulldogs stayed in front through the final whistle to secure the 15-7 win. Among the scoring highlights, junior utility player Mitchell Walker (Taylorsville, UT) launched a beautiful lob over the Tiger goalkeeper with 4:13 left in the third stanza, while junior center Billy Clifford (Redlands, CA) converted a five-meter shot to close out the quarter.
The Bulldogs complete the 2017 season with a 13-16 overall record and a fifth-place mark in conference action at 8-6.