Men's Water Polo: Offense Propels Sagehens to Third Straight First-Place Finish

Men's Water Polo: Offense Propels Sagehens to Third Straight First-Place Finish

For the third straight season, the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo Team locked up first place in the SCIAC standings and another regular season SCIAC Championship after a lopsided 18-9 road victory over Caltech on Wednesday evening. Dylan Elliott led the Sagehens with four goals and collected a steal while Joseph Schafer had three goals with two assists. Douglas Webster made eight saves between the posts while holding the Beavers to single digits.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 21-8 record overall and are still undefeated in the SCIAC with a 13-0 record.

The Beavers got to a quick start, scoring the opening goal just 40 seconds into the opening period, but the Sagehens responded a minute later when Elliott tied the game with a goal off a pass from Ben Sasaki. Schafer continued the run with a goal off a pass by Adam Gross and Gross followed with two straight goals to give the Sagehens a 4-1 lead with 2:59 remaining in the period. Eshan Govil cut the lead in half with his second goal of the game for Caltech, but with 33 seconds left, the Sagehens drew a foul in the 5-meter box and Niskey converted the penalty with ease to close the period 5-2.

Caltech came within two after scoring the first goal of the second period with 5:35 left in the half, but Adam Ward refused to let the lead slip with two straight goals to make it 7-3. The Sagehens tried to put the game out of the reach, but couldn't muster a run as the resilient Beavers tried to trade goals with the Sagehens. Pomona-Pitzer led 9-5 at halftime.

In the third period, the Sagehens broke out with a huge 4-0 run, as Elliott, Schafer, Cade Curry, and Niskey found the back of the net. After Steven Csaposs scored for the Beavers with 4:05 remaining, the two sides remained fairly quiet until towards the end of the period. WIth 1:20 remaining, Caltech committed an exclusion in the 5-meter box and Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz made them pay by converting the penalty. The Sagehens lead 14-6 heading into the final period.

Pomona-Pitzer continued to deliver damage, scoring two straight goals to start the fourth period. At that point the match was out of reach for the Beavers as the Sagehens cruised to a sure victory.

Up Next: The Sagehens will head across the street to face rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for their final regular season match of the season on Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.