CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team swept through their weekend doubleheader, dominating their SCIAC opponent University of Redlands 15-4 before defeating Riverside Community College 17-6.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to an 18-9 record overall and 8-2 in the SCIAC.
Pomona-Pitzer 15, Redlands 4
Joseph Schafer led the Sagehens with four goals while Dylan Elliott added a hat trick and an assist. Adam Gross delivered a solid all-around performance with two goals, two assists, and three steals. The Sagehens outshot the Bulldogs 37 to 29 and the defense out-stole the ball 12 to 2, while shutting out the Bulldogs for the entire second half.
The opening period was a close battle between the two sides as the score was tied at two more than four minutes into the quarter. The Sagehens tried to break through the Redlands' defense, but to no avail. WIth 51 seconds remaining in the period, the Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead thanks to a goal by Carl Matthews.
Schafer tied it back early in the second period, firing from distance, but Redlands regained the lead with 7:03 remaining in the period off a goal by Spencer Allen. With 6:28 remaining in the period, Keegan Coleman sparked a huge run for the Sagehens after scoring and Schafer followed after scoring off a cross by Sam Sasaki. Later on a power play, Coleman extended the lead 7-4 on the counter and Adam Gross fired from distance to make it 8-4. With 1:43 left in the period, Elliott scored off a well-threaded pass from Gross in traffic to give the Sagehens an 8-4 lead at halftime.
The second half opened up slow as the Sagehens couldn't pad on the lead, but the defense held the Bulldogs to difficult shots as they held the score. With 4:26 left in the third period, Schafer netted his third goal off an assist by Sam Sasaki. He made it 10-4 with 11 seconds remaining.
The Sagehens continued to dominate in the final period, as Tony Murphy, Gross, and Elliott stretched the lead to 13-4 with 5:13 remaining in the game. With 4 minutes left in the match, Elliott flashed some trickery when he received a pass from Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz while having his back towards the goal, and fired a no-look shot akin to former NBA player Jason Williams past the keeper to make it 14-4. Jacob tacked on one more goal off a pass by Jacob Cohn as the Sagehens finished the match comfortably for the win.
Pomona-Pitzer 17, Riverside Community College 6
Riley Mangan led the charge with a hat trick while both Joseph Schafer and Sam Sasaki each had two goals and an assist. The Sagehens' defense managed a shutout in the second period and the offense out-shot the Tigers 34 to 24.
Schafer wasted little in the opening period to get the Sagehens on the board with a goal at 6:52 left in the quarter. Keegan Coleman followed more than two minutes later and the Tigers finally netted their first with 2:38 remaining. The Sagehens closed out the period with a goal by Ben Sasaki and a last second goal by Max Bass to lead 4-1.
The Sagehens rolled through the Tigers in the second period, starting with a power play goal by Jacob Niskey. In the final four minutes of the half, the Sagehens tacked on four more goals to lead 9-1 at halftime.
Later in the third period, with a 10-2 lead, the Sagehens scored two straight with a goal by Schafer and a power play goal by Riley Mangan. They closed out the period with a 3-0 run to lead 15-3.
The Tigers had their highest-scoring output in the final period, scoring three goals, but the match was out of reach as the Sagehens held on comfortably 17-6.
Up Next: The Sagehens will play in another doubleheader next Saturday, November 9 as they host University of La Verne at 11:00 a.m. and travel to Whittier College at 4:00 p.m.