Women's Water Polo: Sagehens Fall In NCAA Tournament To UC Irvine

Women's Water Polo: Sagehens Fall In NCAA Tournament To UC Irvine

LOS ANGELES, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after their 16-2 loss in the opening round to University of California Irvine at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the campus of University of the Southern California.

The Sagehens were led by Kyla Pickell and Natalie Hill who each found the back of the net once in the loss.

UCI had the advantage on offense as they outshot the Sagehens 28-19 and converted on 7-11 powerplay opportunities while the Sagehens were just 2-11 with a player up.

The Anteaters got on the scoreboard first as they took advantage of a turnover to get the first goal of the game to put themselves up 1-0 over the Sagehens.

Anteaters came out with some early offense and were able to mount an early 3-0 lead in the first. The Sagehens had a few shots on goal in the first period, but were unable find the back of the net as they trailed 3-0 heading into the second.

UCI got a powerplay goal to start the second to extend their lead to 4-0, but the Sagehens got on the board with 5:33 left in the second after Pickell netted the first goal of the game for Pomona-Pitzer at the end of a powerplay to cut the lead down to 4-1.

The Anteaters responded after a turnover caused a one-on-one that resulted in a goal to push the lead back up to four goals at 5-1. UCI would go on to end the half with the final five goals of the period and went into halftime with a 9-1 lead.

The Sagehen defense limited UCI to just two goals coming out of halftime but the offense failed to net a goal in the third as the Anteaters extended their lead to 11-1.

Irvine picked up its scoring in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Sagehens 5-1 but Pomona-Pitzer ended the fourth with a goal by Hill to go out on a high note as their season came to an end in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Sagehens end the year with a 22-12 overall record and claimed their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearances after back-to-back SCIAC Championships. Pomona-Pitzer also ends the year with a program record for conference wins at 14 and earned SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors as well as SCIAC Athlete of the Year honors in Jocelyn Castro.