Upset bid falls short in second half; Panthers lose to No. 2 Redlands
ORANGE, Calif. – The Chapman University men's water polo team has never beaten the University of Redlands. On Saturday the Panthers took a 9-8 lead into halftime, but were held to just three second half goals as Redlands prevailed once again 14-12 at the Allred Olympic Pool.
Redlands (11-13), ranked No. 2 in Division III, scored three straight goals to open the third quarter to turn a one-goal deficit into a two-goal advantage and never looked back. The Bulldogs capitalized on 11 Chapman turnovers in the game and had the Panthers playing catch-up the rest of the way. Chapman evened the score at 11-11 with 6:44 left in the fourth quarter, but that was the last time they were able to pull even.
Despite falling behind 4-2 early, No. 6-ranked Chapman (11-11) scored three goals in the final 1:40 of the first quarter to take a 5-4 lead. Freshman driver Chase Middlesworth scored two of his three goals during that stretch to aid the Panthers' cause.
The Panthers extended their lead to 6-4 early in the second quarter on a goal from sophomore driver Dylan Trumbull. With the game tied at 8-8, Trumbull struck again with .56 seconds remaining in the first half to give Chapman the halftime lead. Trumbull finished with a game-high four goals.
After Trumbull's fourth goal tied the score at 11, Redlands scored three of the game's final four goals and held the Panthers scoreless over the final 2:36 to avoid the upset.
by Doug Aiken
Sports Information Director