LOS ANGELES, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team fell to non-conference opponents UCLA and USC in the UCLA Mini-Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Spieker Aquatics Center.
Pomona-Pitzer briefly led against the water polo powerhouse that is UCLA as Mark Hallman opened up the scoring with a quick goal just under a minute into the first period.
The Bruins responded to end the period with five-straight goals and led 5-1 over the Sagehens heading into the second. UCLA tacked on four more unanswered goals until the Sagehens notched their second goal of the half as Joseph Schafer found the back of the net as the Sagehens trailed the Bruins 10-2 at halftime.
UCLA struck first to open up the half but Pomona-Pitzer responded with back to back goals as Riley Mangan scored his first goal of the season and Hallman earned his second goal of the game to make the score 11-4.
Pomona-Pitzer added one more goal in the fourth period as Mangan scored his second goal of the game but the Sagehens fell to UCLA 16-5 in game one of the UCLA Mini-Tournament.
The Sagehens then took on Southern California in the second game of their double header.
Pomona-Pitzer's offense had its troubles early on but scored their first goal of the match to end the first period as Elliot scored his first goal of the game to make the score 6-1 heading into the second.
The Sagehens wouldn't score again until the final period when Gross and Ries found the back of the net as the Sagehens fell to the Trojans 24-3.
Pomona-Pitzer will next hit the pool as they face off against UC Santa Barbara in the Inland Empire Tournament on September 9th at 10:20 a.m.