Men's Water Polo: Fourth Period Dominance Sends Sagehens Past Panthers

Men's Water Polo: Fourth Period Dominance Sends Sagehens Past Panthers

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo Team prevailed in a close contest against the Chapman University Panthers at home on Wednesday night, dominating the fourth period to win 15-9. The match was a tight showdown, with the Sagehens hanging on a narrow lead, but the home side outscored the Panthers 6-1 in the final period to run away with the victory. Tony Murphy had a hat trick while Dylan Elliott had two goals with an assist. Joseph Schafer had a well-rounded performance with a goal, an assist, and two steals.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 12-7 record overall and 5-2 in the SCIAC.

The Panthers jumped to an early 2-0 lead, but the Sagehens responded with 3:45 left when Dylan Elliott scored the team's first goal. With 1:20 remaining, Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz scored from distance to tie the game. At the start of the second period, Tony Murphy gave the Sagehens the lead after muscling through his defenders in the center of the 2-Meter mark for the goal. However, the Panthers broke out with a 3-0 run to lead 5-3. With 4:45 remaining in the half, Keegan Coleman cut the deficit to one on a power play and Jack Mallory scored a minute later after an assist from Adam Gross. Riley Mangan and Mallory netted again to give the Sagehens a 7-5 lead at halftime.

Schafer extended the lead in the third period with a 5-Meter penalty shot, but the Panthers responded with two more goals to cut the lead 8-7. The Sagehens led 9-8 to end the period.

With 6:53 remaining in the final period, Murphy received a cross pass from Elliott to score an insurance goal. Then after a turnover, Ben Sasaki sparked a fast break, with Murphy trailing behind. With a defender in front of him, Sasaki passed to Murphy who scored the open shot, making it 11-8. Noah Sasaki followed with another goal with a shot into the right corner of the net, and later Elliott rocketed one at close distance past the outstretched hands of his defender to make it 13-8, sealing a sure victory. 

Up Next: Pomona-Pitzer will travel to Cambridge, MA during fall break for the Harvard Invitational on October 19. They will face Brown University at 9:45 a.m. PST and No. 12 Harvard University at 4:00 p.m.