Eagles lose thriller at Chapman

Men’s water polo loses 10-9 against the Panthers.

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Photo courtesy of Biola Athletics

Junior attacker Joshua Halopoff faces off against his Chapman opponent.

Caleb Crawley, Sports Editor

The Biola men’s water polo team visited Chapman University on Wednesday night in a rematch of the Inland Empire Classic. The second meeting between the two teams did not disappoint as Chapman defeated Biola 10-9 in a back-and-forth contest. Thrilled spectators witnessed six ties throughout the match, with the Panthers possessing the largest lead by a margin of three goals. 

BIOLA RALLIES IN THE FOURTH 

The excitement picked up in the fourth period as the Eagles and Panthers exchanged five goals in three minutes. Biola began the fourth in a 8-6 deficit, but responded with a goal courtesy of utility junior Maxwell Osborn to cut the lead to one. Both teams exchanged goals within a fifteen second frame to preserve the Panther lead 9-8 until freshman attacker Caleb Hernandez answered with his first collegiate goal to even the score at 9. Chapman’s offense swiftly countered Hernandez’s goal with the game-winning score thirty seconds later to recover a 10-9 final lead. 

Seven Eagles scored in the contest while sophomore goalie Mitchell Carpenter recorded eight saves and four steals to contribute to the defensive effort. 

Biola will travel to face Cal Baptist on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 12 p.m. 

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