RIVERSIDE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo Team got their feet wet at the CBU Mini hosted by Cal Baptist University, competing against two top programs to open up the season. The Sagehens lost both games, falling to No. 25 Azusa Pacific University 9-6 and dropping the second contest to No. 15 Loyola Marymount University 13-6.
No. 25 Azusa Pacific def. Pomona-Pitzer 9-6
The Sagehens dropped their first match of the Lancer Invitational to Division II Azusa Pacific University. The Cougars defense played a big part in the victory as well as the offense of Annalise Batcheller who led the team with three goals and had one assist. The Sagehens saw six different players find the net while goalkeeper Morgan Stockham had five saves.
Kyla Pickell opened up the scoring for the Sagehens within the opening minute, but the Cougars rallied back with three straight goals. WIth 1:07 left in the first period, Britni Tisdale of APU committed a 5-Meter exclusion and Nohea Kahaulelio scored the penalty to bring the Sagehens within one.
First year Nadia Paquin scored the game-tying goal, the first goal of her collegiate career, in the second period. The Cougars took back the lead with three straight goals to close the half. They led 6-3 at halftime.
The third period was a defensive battle as they Sagehens did an excellent job in preventing the Cougars from putting the game out of reach, but could only get one goal, courtesy of Anna Yu. APU extended their lead 8-4 to open the fourth period, but the Sagehens tried to rally back with two straight goals. After the Cougars added an insurance goal with 1:29 left in the game, they held on for the victory.
No. 15 Loyola Marymount def. Pomona-Pitzer 13-6
The second contest of the day for the Sagehens provided an excellent challenge as they were tested by No. 15 Division I program LMU. The Lions won 13-6, but the Sagehens had several great takeaways from the match, forcing 10 turnovers throughout the game and shutting out the Lions' offense in the third period. Once again, six different Sagehens found the back of the net, while goalkeeper Morgan Stockham collected three steals and had six saves.
The Lions came out roaring in the first period, scoring five goals while limiting the Sagehens' offense. However, the Sagehens found their first goal in the second period thanks to a goal by Nohea Kahaulelio. Samantha Martinez scored the second goal for the Sagehens with 5:56 left in the second period to cut the deficit 6-2. With less than a minute remaining at the half, Anna Yu found the net to cut the lead 8-3 at halftime.
After the Sagehens held the Lions scoreless in the third period, they went on a 3-0 run during the final period, but the Lions ultimately maintained their lead for the victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next compete at the Triton Tournament hosted by UC San Diego on Saturday, February 9th.