The Claremont Mudd Scripps Men's Water Polo team opened up the 2011 Lancer Invitational Tournament with an extremely close game against host, #16 Cal Baptist University. Brian Chong led all scorers with 7 in the match, but this, along with four lead changes and six ties, was not enough for the Stags, as CBU ultimately took the game 15-16.
After trading goals, as the score was tied 3-3, CBU's Matt Puig and Chris Toy each netted goals of their own to put the Lancers ahead 5-3 at the half. However, Brian Baier struck early for the Stags in the second quarter to put them within 1, as Brian Chong and Vincent Schiavoni each put their shots away to tie the game at 6. However, not long after, CBU's Trevor Rowland scored his only goal of the game to give CBU a decisive 7-6 lead going into the second half.
Early in the third, Scott Butler has his only two goals of the game to give CBU their biggest lead of the game at 9-6, but John Holland quickly responded by scoring two of his own, while Baier collected his second of the game to put CMS right back with CBU as the game was tied 9-9 going into the fourth quarter.
Off the first CMS offensive play in the fourth, Maarten Lefor found the back of the net from the center position to give CMS their first lead of the game 10-9. However, CBU would convert their next opportunity to tie the game up at 10. From then on, Brian Chong was able to score five times, while CBU, collectively, had six. However, that extra goal was enough to give the Lancers' the victory, as they were able to stop a final CMS opportunity at the final seconds, winning 16-15.
CMS: Chong 7, Holland 4, Baier 2, Schiavoni 1, Lefor 1
CBU: Troutman 4, Puig 2, Toy 2, Rodriguez 2, Rowland 2, Butler 2, Wetherbee 1, Gleeson 1
Saves: Mann (CMS) 7, Ramer (CBU) 6
Later that day, CMS took on NAIA opponent Vanguard University. Once again, Brian Chong led all scorers with a hat trick late in the game, when the Stags needed it most, to beat Vanguard 8-6.
The Stags came out slow against the Lions, as VU went up 3-0 to start the game. The Stags were only able to convert once in the first quarter, as Maarten Lefor grabbed a rebound and quickly put it in the back of the net. This had CMS down 1-3 after the first. In the second, CMS struck first, narrowing the gap 2-3, and eventually tied it 3-3. However, the Lions were able to find the back of the net once more to put VU up 4-3 at the half.
Going into the third, the Stags were determined to put the game away, and it showed, as Brian Chong scored two consecutive goals, while VU was held scoreless that quarter, to claim a 5-4 lead going into the final period. The teams combined for five goals in the fourth, but once again CMS edged the Lions 3-2 to expand the lead 7-4 before winning by the final margin of 8-6.
CMS: Chong 3, Lefor 1, Holland 1, Ruskin 1, Schiavoni 1, Middlesworth 1
Vanguard: Burzynski 2, R. McKittrick 1, Perez 1, J. Sanders 1, Little 1
Mann (CMS) 7, Szpyrka (VU) 7
The Stags opened up day two of the Lancer Invitational in Riverside taking on #10 Concordia. Though CMS was tied at four halfway through the second period, the Eagles of Irvine went on a multi-goal burst where they were able to take advantage of the tired Stags. Concordia ended up taking the game 17-6.
CMS: Chong 3, Middlesworth 1, Baier 1, Lee 1
The fourth and final game for CMS in the Lancer Invite proved to be successful for the Stags, as they defeated Riverside Community College at their pool, 13-7. Every CMS field player saw action in this game, as the Stags went up 5-1 early in the first, behind 2 goals each from Maarten Lefor and Vincent Schiavoni, and never looked back. By halftime, the Tigers had pulled within two, with the score 8-6, but CMS strengthened their lead by scoring two quickly in the third quarter to go up 10-6. From then on, the Stags were able to focus on defensive strategy and working on the small aspects of their frontcourt, in order to prepare for next weekend.