CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival CMS 11-5 in the first game of the Sixth Street Rivalry on Wednesday night at Haldeman Pool.
Season Impact: With the win the Sagehens improve to 4-8 overall and are now 2-1 in conference play while CMS drops to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by Riley Mangan who tallied his first hat-trick of the season with a team-high three goals. Adam Ward and Joseph Schafer each had two while Zach Senator, Dylan Elliot, Mark Hallman and Keegan Coleman each chipped in with one.
The Sagehens and Stags both had equal opportunities to score the ball as both teams tallied 28 shots each. The Sagehens took advantage of the power plays they were given as they scored goals in three of their four chances while the Stags were just one of nine.
Despite the lopsided final score, the Stags came out and took the lead early in the first period as they scored three of the first four goals in the first to take an early 3-1 lead. The Sagehens came back with a flurry of goals to end the first as Mangan scored back to back goals and Hallman ended the period with a goal just 18 seconds left as the Sagehens held a 4-3 lead heading into the second.
The Sagehens defense found success in the second period in large part to goalkeeper Daniel Diemer who came up with some outstanding saves over the course of the game. Pomona-Pitzer shutout the Stags in the second while goals from Schafer and Coleman extended the lead to 6-3 at halftime.
CMS would only go on to score two more goals in the second half as they scored one in the third and one in the fourth while Schafer and Elliot notched goals in the third and Ward, Senator and Mangan ended the game for the Sagehens with goals in the fourth as Pomona-Pitzer rolled to an 11-5 win over their cross street rivals at home.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent Occidental on Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.