Sagehens Build Big Lead, Defeat Mercyhurst 12-7

Sagehens Build Big Lead, Defeat Mercyhurst 12-7

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team led 11-3 after three quarters and coasted from there to a 12-7 win over Mercyhurst on Friday evening at Haldeman Pool. 

With the win, the Sagehens are now 4-11 on the season, with nine of the losses coming to teams who are nationally ranked (including No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Stanford). 

The score was only 3-2 after the first quarter, but freshman Mark Hallman scored two quick ones to start a 4-0 run that gave the Sagehens control of the match for good. Senior Kyle Van der Linde and sophomore James Baker capped off the run to make it 7-2, before the Lakers scored the final goal of the half. 

The third quarter saw Baker, senior Travis Larsen, senior Stephen Vint and junior Neil Forsythe score in another 4-0 run that put the game out of reach at 11-3. 

Hallman, Baker, Vint and Larsen (pictured) each had two goals for the Sagehens, while junior Phillip Clayman, sophomore Tommy Turner, Van der Linde and Forsythe each had one. Ethan Caleb Prater-Fahey had seven saves through three quatrers, while Daniel Diemer finished off the match with three saves in the fourth.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Monday for a 3 p.m. match against Air Force.