CLAREMONT, CA. – Jocelyn Castro scored the winning fourth quarter goal as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team held on to defeat Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent La Verne 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Haldeman Pool.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 10-16 overall and 3-1 in SCIAC play as they knocked off the top-ranked Leopards who drop to 9-8 overall and 3-1 in the SCIAC this season.
The Sagehens were led by senior Christina Williamson who tallied her third hat trick of the season with three goals and one assist in the win. Junior Jocelyn Castro scored the other two goals for the Sagehens including the go-ahead goal in the fourth quarter.
Senior Ahsha Earwood earned the win as she tallied six saves and posted a shutout in the fourth quarter for Pomona-Pitzer.
The Leopards were led by Megan Little who tallied a team-high two goals in the loss.
La Verne jumped out to an early lead as they found the back of the net just 30 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead in the first.
The Sagehens came back to tie the game as Williamson scored her first goal of the game on a power play to even the score at 1-1 but La Verne scored the final goal of the quarter with just 51 seconds remaining to hold a 2-1 advantage heading into the second.
The Sagehens scored the first goal of the second quarter after they killed off a power play by La Verne and Williamson scored her second goal of the day to even the score at 2-2 but the Leopards responded on their next possession to reclaim the lead at 3-2 with 3:06 to go in the half.
Pomona-Pitzer came back and tied the game as Castro scored her first goal of the game on a power play off of an assist from Williamson to send both teams into halftime even at 3-3.
The Leopards came out in the second half and capitalized on an early power play opportunity and take a one goal lead over the Sagehens at 4-3 with 6:30 left in the third.
Williamson notched her hat trick with 4:35 to go in the third as she scored off of an assist from freshman Bella Villa to tie the game at 4-4.
Pomona-Pitzer went on to take its first lead of the game as Castro scored the first goal of the fourth quarter off of an assist from freshman Natalie Hill to give the Sagehens a 5-4 lead with 6:38 remaining.
With a one goal lead, the Sagehens' defense came up big in the fourth quarter and Earwood posted a shutout in goal for the final quarter as Pomona-Pitzer earned its third SCIAC win of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next play in a double header on Saturday, April 1st as they travel to Redlands at 11:00 a.m. and host Hartwick at 7:00 p.m.