CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team picked up a pair of wins as they defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponents Occidental 19-2 and Redlands 16-4 on Saturday afternoon at Haldeman Pool.
Season Impact: With the wins, the Sagehens improve to 16-10 overall and 10-0 in SCIAC play.
Pomona-Pitzer 19, Occidental 2
Pomona-Pitzer established a strong lead early on as they netted five goals in the first period. Yu, Castro Samantha Martinez and Rosenthal all aided the Sagehens in building a 5-0 lead heading into the second period.
The Sagehens added three more in the second to score their eight-straight goal of the match as Yu, McCracken and Castro found the back of the net to put the Sagehens up 8-0. The Tigers got on the board late in the second period as they notched the final two goals of the half to cut the lead down to 8-2 heading into the halftime.
The Sagehens shut down the Tigers in the second half to hold Occidental scoreless for the rest of the match. The Sagehens added four more goals to their total in the third to extend the lead to 12-2 and ended the game with an exclamation point as they netted seven goals in the fourth as the Sagehens blew out the Tigers at home in game one of their SCIAC doubleheader.
Pomona-Pitzer 16, Redlands 4
The Sagehen defense shut down Redlands throughout the entire match as the Bulldogs failed to manufacture more than one goal in any period. Pomona-Pitzer jumped ahead with a big first period as they netted five goals from Yu, Kahea Kahaulelio, Kyla Pickell, McCracken and Nohea Kahaulelio to take a 5-0 lead heading into the second.
After Kahea Kahaulelio opened up the second with a goal, the Bulldogs found the back of the net to cut the lead down to 6-2, but Pomona-Pitzer scored back-to-back goals to end the half from Lewis and Crystal Huang to hold an 8-2 lead at halftime.
The Sagehens played a very even two halves of water polo as they outscored the Bulldogs 8-2 in both the first and second halves. Redlands opened up the third with a goal but the Sagehens ended the third with four-straight goals from Castro, Yu, Rosenthal and Martinez to take a big 12-3 lead into the fourth.
Pomona-Pitzer's offense kept rolling into the fourth as they continued their goal streak to eight-straight in the second half as Wiesenthal opened up the fourth with back-to-back goals and McCracken and Lewis extended the lead to 16-3 before Redlands struck for their final goal of the day with 3:13 remaining.
The Sagehens were able to hold their lead as they cruised to their 10th SCIAC win of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent La Verne on Saturday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. and travel to Occidental later in the day at 3:00 p.m.