RIVERSIDE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team fell to No. 23 CSU Bakersfield 10-8 and fell 13-6 to No. 20 Loyola Marymount in the Cal Baptist Lancer Tournament on Saturday Afternoon.
Season Impact: With the losses, the Sagehens drop to 0-4 to start the season.
The Sagehens were led by junior Jocelyn Castro and senior Christina Williamson who each tallied two goals in the loss for Pomona-Pitzer. Sophomore Nohea and Kahea Kahaulelio each tallied one goal and freshman Esma Dollaku and senior Chessa Burke each chipped in with one goal as well.
The Roadrunners were led by Ashley Paz who had a game-high three goals in the win.
The Sagehens got off to a nice start in the first period as they scored two of the first three goals of the game. Nohea Kahaulelio got Pomona-Pitzer on the board first as she found the back of the net for her first goal of the year. After a CSU Bakersfield goal, the Sagehens responded with a power play goal by Kahea Kahaulelio to take a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
The Roadrunners evened the game up at 2-2 early in the second but back to back goals by Castro allowed the Sagehens to head into the half with a 4-3 advantage.
CSU Bakerfield pulled away in the third period as they outscored the Sagehens 5-0 and held an 8-4 lead heading into the final period of play.
The Sagehens came back an outscored the Roadrunners 4-2 in the fourth with goals from Dollaku, Williamson and Burke but the third quarter run by the Roadrunners proved to be the difference as Pomona-Pitzer fell in game one of the double header.
Pomona-Pitzer then took on Loyola Marymount in game two of the Lancer Invitational.
The Sagehens were led by Grant and Kahea Kahaulelio who each tallied two goals in the loss.
The Lions were led by Caitlin Schafer and Morgan Molloy who each had three goals in the win.
The Sagehens jumped out on top as Williamson won the opening sprint and then scored the first goal of the game to give Pomona-Pitzer an early lead.
Loyola Marymount answered with a goal of their own but the Sagehens reclaimed the lead as senior Hope Grant found the back of the net to take a 2-1 advantage. After another Sagehen goal by Kahea Kahauelelio, Loyola Marymount notched two goals in the final 30 seconds of the first period as the teams were tied at 3-3 heading into the second.
LMU came out in the second and quickly jumped on top after two-straight goals to open up the period and take a 5-3 lead with 6:49 remaining.
Pomona-Pitzer responded with another Grant goal assisted by Williamson but LMU answered back with two goals to end the half and led 7-4 at halftime.
LMU found its offense in the fourth as they scored six-straight goals to end the game and handed the Sagehens their fourth loss of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to Whittier for the Whittier Invitational on Saturday, February 4th where they will take on Southern California at 9:00 a.m.