Pomona-Pitzer Jumps Out Early, Earns 12-4 Win At Chapman

Pomona-Pitzer Jumps Out Early, Earns 12-4 Win At Chapman

Orange, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and pulled away for a 12-4 win at Chapman on Wednesday evening.

Sophomore Alyssa Woodward (Riverside, Calif. - pictured) led the way for the Sagehens with four goals, while freshman Katy Schafer (Los Altos, Calif.) and sophomore Chrissie Alving-Trinh (Fresno, Calif.) each had three and sophomore Sarah Westcott (Menlo Park, Calif.) added two.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 14-16 overall and 5-2 in the SCIAC, heading into the regular season finale at home against CMS (7-0) on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Sagehens need a win in that match to control their own destiny in the conference tournament next weekend, as they try to defend their SCIAC title.

Schafer had two of her three goals in the first quarter to stake Pomona-Pitzer to a 3-0 lead. After Alving-Trinh opened the second quarter with a goal to make it 4-0, Chapman struck twice to cut the lead in half. However, Woodward scored three of her four goals in the final 4:33 of the second quarter as part of a 4-0 run that made the score 8-2 at the break.

Chapman had a slight edge in the third quarter, outscoring the Sagehens 2-1 to get a little closer at 9-4 heading into the final stanza, but Schafer, Alving-Trinh and Westcott finished off the scoring to make the final 12-4.

Senior goalie Sarah Tuggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) had a solid effort with nine saves in the cage. Kate Avery led Chapman with two goals.

The SCIAC Champion is determined by a combination of regular season round-robin results and conference tournament finish. If Pomona-Pitzer defeats CMS on Saturday, it will conclude the regular season round-robin one game behind CMS, putting it in position where it would still win the conference title by capturing the tournament at Caltech next weekend. If CMS wins on Saturday, the Athenas would have a three-game lead and the Sagehens would only be able to defend its SCIAC title if someone else knocked out CMS before the finals.