Pomona-Pitzer Advances To SCIAC Finals With 10-4 Win Over Redlands

Pomona-Pitzer Advances To SCIAC Finals With 10-4 Win Over Redlands

Whittier, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team scored the first four goals of the game and moved on to capture a 10-4 win over Redlands in the SCIAC semifinals on Saturday at Whittier College. 

With the win, the top-seeded Sagehens improve to 22-13 on the year and 9-1 against SCIAC opponents. Pomona-Pitzer will face CMS tomorrow at 2:30 in the championship match, with the winner representing the SCIAC in an NCAA Play-In match at UC San Diego next weekend. 

The Sagehens earned the top seed by defeating CMS in sudden death overtime last Saturday in the final match of the regular season. Junior Alyssa Woodward scored the winning goal in that contest on a penalty shot.

Pomona-Pitzer led 2-0 after one quarter and then moved ahead 4-0 as junior Chrissie Alving-Trinh converted on a breakaway. Redlands closed to within 4-2 at the break, but junior Mahalia Prater-Fahey posted up in front of the net and scored on a blind backhand to start the second half.

After Redlands pulled within 5-3, Woodward had two straight goals, the second coming at the buzzer of the third quarter, to put the Sagehens ahead 7-3. Freshman Hope Grant converted on a breakaway to make it 8-3 early in the fourth quarter, and after Redlands pulled within 8-4, sisters Hope Grant and Carter Grant finished off the scoring to secure the 10-4 win. 

Woodward, Prater-Fahey, Alving-Trinh and Hope Grant all had two goals for the Sagehens, while Sarah Westcott and Carter Grant had one apiece.  Sallie Walecka (pictured) had a strong effort in goal, allowing just four Redlands goals in around 30 minutes, before yielding down the stretch to freshman Ahsha Earwood, who made her first appearance in a month after suffering an injury. 

Pomona-Pitzer had played Redlands three times this season previously, once in regular season SCIAC play and twice in early-season tournaments, and had won all three by just one goal (including once in overtime). The Sagehens defeated Redlands in the SCIAC Championship match in each of the last two seasons, but will face CMS in tomorrow's final.