Women's Water Polo: Third Period Rout Leads To Sagehens Victory Over Panthers

Women's Water Polo: Third Period Rout Leads To Sagehens Victory Over Panthers

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo Team maintained their undefeated run through SCIAC play, defeating Chapman University on Tuesday night at home 17-5. Anna Yu led the team with a hat trick while Natalie Hill had two goals with four assists. Kahea Kahaulelio, Janelle Lewis, Nohea Kahaulelio, and Kyla Pickell had two goals each as well as the Sagehens outshot the Panthers 32 to 19. On the defensive end, Yu and Pickell nabbed three steals each while goalkeeper Morgan Stockham made 11 saves between the posts.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to an 8-8 record overall and are 4-0 in the SCIAC.

Kyla Pickell scored the opening goal, getting with a pass by Hill in transition a minute into the game. Later with 5:54 remaining in the period, Hill scored on a solo effort to double the lead. The Panthers finally responded just 19 seconds later, but Pickell made it 3-1 after combining with Hill again for her second goal of the night. The Sagehens led 4-2 after the first period.

Hill opened up the scoring in the second period off a solo effort, but the Panthers came within two goals after Emily Whitney scored off a pass by Lauren Dvonch. Allison Wu responded with a hard shot from the center of the box off a pass by Hill and Lucie Abele made it 7-3 with four minutes left in the half. After Whitney scored her second goal of the night, the Sagehens roared back on offense with three straight goals to end the half, including a well-executed cross pass by Bella Villa to Janelle Lewis on a power play with 34 seconds left in the half. The Sagehens took a controlling 10-4 lead at the half.

The Sagehens' offense quelled any hopes of a Panthers' comeback, scoring two goals to start the second half. After Dvonch found the net to cut the deficit 12-5, Kahea Kahaulelio responded a powerful shot from the center of the net and Anna Yu scored on two straight possessions, including a solo fast break off a steal. The Sagehens outscored the Panthers 6-1 in the third period, putting the match far out of reach with a 16-5 lead. The Panthers never scored in the final period as the Sagehens held on until the final whistle.

Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Thousand Oaks on Friday, March 14 to face Cal Lutheran University at 4:00 p.m.