Women's Water Polo: Sagehens Fall To No. 15 Long Beach State And No. 4 Michigan In LMU Invitational

Women's Water Polo: Sagehens Fall To No. 15 Long Beach State And No. 4 Michigan In LMU Invitational

LOS ANGELES, CA. -- The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team fell to No. 15 Long Beach State 8-6 and No. 4 Michigan 14-4 on day two of the Loyola Marymount Invitational.

Season Impact: With the losses, the Sagehens fall to 7-14 overall while Long Beach State moves to 10-8 and Michigan improves to 17-8.  

The Sagehens were led by junior Jocelyn Castro who had a team-high two goals in the loss. Sophomores Anna Yu, Natalie Hill, Nohea Kahaulelio and junior Morgan McCracken each chipped in with one goal.

Long Beach State was led by Christina Kotsia who had a hat trick with three goals in the win.

The Sagehens came out and scored first early in the first quarter after Castro scored her first goal of the game just 40 seconds in to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead.

Long Beach State responded just under a minute later with a goal to go even with 6:36 remaining in the first but neither team could take the lead as they went to the second in a 1-1 tie.

Pomona-Pitzer opened up the second quarter with a goal by Kahaulelio but the 49ers answered with two-straight goals to take a 3-2 lead. Yu tacked on another goal for the Sagehens to tie the game at 3-3 with 2:55 left in the half but Long Beach State scored with just 1:37 remaining to take a 4-3 lead heading into halftime.

The 49ers came out and scored quickly in the third to take a two-goal lead but McCracken cut the deficit back down to one at 5-4 as she found the back of the net off of an assist from sophomore Kyla Pickell.

After alternating goals to begin the fourth quarter, Long Beach State cashed in on back to back goals to take an 8-5 lead over the Sagehens with 3:06 remaining.

Pomona-Pitzer came back to score one late as Hill scored her first goal of the game but the Sagehens fell in game one of day two of the LMU Invitational.

Michigan

 The Sagehens were led by senior Hope Grant who had two goals in the loss while Castro and senior Chessa Burke each had one.

The Wolverines were led by Danielle Johnson who had a hat trick with three goals in the win.

The Sagehens came out and jumped on top of the Wolverines early on as Castro and Burke scored their goals to give Pomona-Pitzer a 2-0 lead with 3:28 left in the first.

Michigan came back to end the quarter with two-straight goals to tie the game at 2-2 at the end of the first quarter.

After giving up an early lead to the Sagehens, the Wolverines went on to outscore Pomona-Pitzer 10-2 between the second and third quarters to hold a commanding 12-4 lead.

Michigan added two more to their total in the fourth as the Sagehens fell to the Wolverines to end the LMU Invitational.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next hit the pool as they next host non-conference opponent Princeton on Tuesday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m.