Claremont, Calif. - Freshman Alyssa Woodward (Riverside, Calif.) tied the score with 1:52 left in regulation and then scored twice in overtime to lead the top-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team to a 9-6 win over La Verne in a SCIAC match on Wednesday evening at Haldeman Pool.
Freshman Sarah Westcott (Menlo Park, Calif.), who had the winning goal in the first overtime against La Verne, then added a second game-winner when she broke a 9-9 tie with 44 seconds remaining in regulation, as the Sagehens took a 10-9 non-conference win over Azusa Pacific to complete the 2-0 evening.
With the wins, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 15-16 overall and remain perfect in the SCIAC at 4-0 (with two of the wins coming in overtime). Pomona-Pitzer also improves to 10-0 this year against Division III competition.
La Verne nearly came from behind to steal one from the Sagehens, as it scored four straight goals to turn a 5-2 second-half deficit into a 6-5 lead on a goal from Bethie Ross with 3:33 to play.
Pomona-Pitzer then hit the post or crossbar three times with attempts at tying goals (pushing its total number of shots off the frame into double figures for the match), before Woodward was finally able to get the game knotted up with 1:52 left. The Sagehens had a chance to win at the end of regulation, as they held for the last shot and earned a man-up situation, but Woodward was forced into a shot from long range that was saved by Lauren Shepard.
However, with the second life in overtime, the Sagehens took control, as Westcott ripped a blind backhand into the net for her second goal of the game, and Woodward added two more, the final one coming into an empty net in the final minute of the second overtime.
(pictured is Woodward's goal in the first overtime to make the score 8-6)
Junior goalie Sarah Tuggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) allowed one goal in the first half and then re-entered the game in overtime to add to her four saves. Shepard had 14 saves for the Leopards to keep her team in it.
Mahalia Prater-Fahey (San Diego, Calif.) added two goals for the Sagehens, and Vicky Gyorffy (Sacramento, Calif.) added one as all nine Pomona-Pitzer goals were scored by freshmen. Ross had two goals for La Verne.
In the nightcap, the Sagehens scored five straight goals to take a 6-3 lead before Azusa Pacific pulled within 6-5 at the break. Senior Annie Oxborough-Yankus (Wallingford, Conn.) ended a streak of 15 straight Sagehen goals scored by freshman on the day when she scored twice in the third quarter, but Azusa Pacific was able to pull even at 8-8 after three.
Westcott broke the 8-8 tie early in the fourth quarter before Alyssa Whitney tied it up for the Cougard with 4:40 left. The game remained deadlocked until 44 seconds remaining, when Westcott scored her third of the game for the winner. Azusa Pacific's last attempt from long distance was saved by Tuggy to preserve the victory.
Woodward had three goals for the Sagehens to give her seven on the day, while Chrissie Alving-Trinh (Fresno, Calif.) joined the freshman scoring barrage in the first half with a goal, along with Prater-Fahey.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Haldeman Pool for a big match against Cal Lutheran, which entered the week tied with the Sagehens for first place in the SCIAC at 3-0.
Pomona-Pitzer 9, La Verne 6 (OT)
Team 1 2 3 4 OT F
ULV 1 0 2 3 0 6
PP 0 3 2 1 3 9
Qtr Time Player (School) Score
1 2:23 Ross (ULV) 1-0
2 6:24 Prater-Fahey (PP) 1-1
2 4:12 Gyorffy (PP) 2-1
2 2:57 Westcott (PP) 3-1
3 6:55 Lovrensky (ULV) 3-2
3 6:07 Prater-Fahey (PP) 4-2 (5-meter)
3 4:20 Woodward (PP) 5-2
3 3:25 Vargas (ULV) 5-3
4 7:28 Orduno (ULV) 5-4
4 4:36 Jefferis (ULV) 5-5
4 3:33 Ross (ULV) 5-6
4 1:52 Woodward (PP) 6-6
OT1 2:02 Westcott (PP) 6-7
OT1 0:21 Woodward (PP) 6-8
OT2 0:32 Woodward (PP) 6-9
Pomona-Pitzer 10, Azusa Pacific 9
Team 1 2 3 4 F
APU 3 2 3 1 9
PP 3 3 2 2 10
Qtr Time Player (School) Score
1 7:24 Taylor Whitney (APU) 1-0
1 6:44 Taylor Whitney (APU) 2-0
1 4:58 Alyssa Woodward (PP) 2-1
1 3:15 Courtney Folsom (APU) 3-1
1 2:19 Sarah Westcott (PP) 3-2
1 0:02 Alyssa Woodward (PP) 3-3
2 7:29 Chrissie Alving-Trinh (PP) 3-4
2 6:04 Alyssa Woodward (PP) 3-5
2 5:29 Mahalia Prater-Fahey (PP) 3-6
2 3:06 Megan Minekime (APU) 4-6 (5-meter)
2 0:46 Taylor Whitney (APU) 5-6
3 6:33 Annie Oxborough-Yankus (PP) 5-7
3 4:37 Courtney Folsom (APU) 6-7
3 3:47 Annie Oxborough-Yankus (PP) 6-8
3 1:22 Courtney Folsom (APU) 7-8
3 0:27 Alyssa Whitney (APU) 8-8
4 5:24 Sarah Westcott (PP) 8-9
4 4:40 Gabrielle Kredel (APU) 9-9
4 0:44 Sarah Westcott (PP) 9-10