Women's Water Polo: Sagehens Split In Day One Of LMU Invitational

Women's Water Polo: Sagehens Split In Day One Of LMU Invitational

The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team split in day one of the LMU Invitational as they defeated George Washington 7-6 but fell to No. 23 Loyola Marymount 10-7 on Friday afternoon.

Season Impact: With the split, the Sagehens move to 7-12 overall and have now defeated George Washington for the second-straight time this season. 

The Sagehens were led by sophomore Nohea Kahaulelio who had a team-high two goals in the win. She was the only Sagehen to record multiple goals against the Colonials as junior Jocelyn Castro, sophomore Natalie Hill, junior Morgan McCracken, sophomore Kyla Pickell and freshman Bella Villa each had one goal.

The Colonials were led by Scarlett Hallahan who tallied a hat trick with three goals in the loss.

Junior goalkeeper Morgan Stockham tallied 10 saves in the win while only giving up five goals and shutout the Colonials in the first period. The Sagehens were able to take an early lead after McCracken got the scoring started for the Sagehens and Villa tacked on one more to end the period to give the Sagehens a 2-0 lead.

Each team scored one goal in the second as Hill scored the third-straight goal for the Sagehens but Hallahan answered as Pomona-Pitzer held a 3-1 lead at halftime.

George Washington came out of the half and had a strong third period as they outscored the Sagehens 3-1 in the period but the Sagehens responded with two goals in the fourth by Castro and Kahaulelio as the Sagehens were able to hold off the Colonials for the one-point victory for the second-straight game. 

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The Sagehens were led by senior Christina Williamson and McCracken who each shared a team-high two goals in the loss. Sophomore Anna Yu, Kahea Kahaulelio, and Villa each had one goal as well.  

The Lions were led by Caitlin Schafer who had a game-high three goals in the win. Morgan Molly also had a multi-goal game as she tallied two in the win.

The Sagehens and Lions stayed even after the first quarter as each team only tallied one goal to start the game. The Lions struck first with 2:11 remaining and the Sagehens got their first goal of the game with just 52 seconds left to go as Kahaulelio scored to even the score at 1-1.

Loyola Marymount had a big second quarter as they outscored the Sagehens 4-1. McCracken scored first to even the score at 2-2 but the Lions ended the half with three-straight goals to take a 5-2 lead heading into halftime.

Pomona-Pitzer scored two more goal in the third from McCracken and Yu but the Lions notched three goals in the third and held a 8-4 lead heading into the fourth.

The Sagehens outscored the Lions in the fourth as they made their comeback attempt by scoring three of the last four goals of the game but Pomona-Pitzer ran out of time as they could not complete the comeback against the 23rd ranked team in the country.

Up Next: The Sagehens will continue to play in the LMU Invitation as they play a double header tomorrow against Long Beach State and Michigan beginning at 10:30 a.m.