CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team fell 10-8 in a hard fought battle to No. 12 Hartwick on Sunday afternoon at Haldeman Pool.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens drop to 11-10 overall.
The Sagehens were led by Natalie Hill who led the team with a game-high three goals in the loss.
After already defeating Brown 9-8 in overtime earlier in the day, the Sagehens came out and played the Hawks tight until the very end.
Despite Hartwick coming out and scoring two of the first three goals of the game, the Sagehens played from in front for the majority of the first half. The Sagehens got their first goal of the game off of a five-meter penalty shot from Kahea Kahaulelio and then Hill and Kahaulelio followed up with back-to-back goals to end the first period up 3-2.
The Hawks quickly tied the game at 3-3 with a goal within the first minute of the second period but Pomona-Pitzer responded with two goals in a row from Morgan McCracken and Jocelyn Castro to reclaim the lead at 5-3. The Hawks scored one more with 3:34 remaining but Hill found the back of the net again for the Sagehens to cap off the first half and send the Sagehens into halftime with a 6-4 lead.
The turning point in the match came in the third period as the Sagehens' offense was shutout by the Hawks in the period while Hartwick was able to flip the switch on offense and scored three unanswered goals to take over the lead at 7-6 heading into the fourth.
Hartwick scored two more goals to open up the fourth to stretch their goal streak to five in a row before the Sagehens responded with goals from Nohea Kahaulelio and Hill to cut the lead down to 9-8 with just under four minutes remaining.
Although the Sagehens fought back within striking distance, the Hawks were able to add one more goal in the final two minutes and held off the Sagehens for the win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran on Wednesday, March 28th at 4:00 p.m.