THOUSAND OAKS, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo Team continue to cruise through conference play, defeating Cal Lutheran University on the road on Thursday evening. The Sagehens were in a tight battle with the Regals in the first half of the match, but a big defensive showing in the third period was enough to propel the Sagehens to a comfortable 12-7 victory. Nadia Paquin led the team with four goals while Janelle Lewis had two goals and a team-high five steals. Morgan Stockham had five saves and three steals in goal.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 9-8 record overall and are 5-0 in the SCIAC.
The Regals opened up the score in the first period as Megan Seeman scored off a pass by Mardell Ramirez. With 5:13 remaining in the period, Natalie Hill scored off an assist by Nohea Kahaulelio. An exclusion by the Regals with 3:07 left allowed Nohea to score on the power play. With 2:00 left on the clock, Kahea Kahaulelio followed with a power play goal to give the Sagehens a 3-1 lead. However, the Regals took one back to close the period behind 3-2.
The second period was a tight defensive battle as neither side relented for the first six and half minutes. It wasn't until 1:17 left in the half when the Regals found the equalizer, but it wasn't for long when Nadia Paquin got on the scoresheet with an unassisted goal with 56 seconds remaining. The Sagehens led 4-3 at halftime.
Nohea found the opening goal in the second half and later with 4:57 left in the third, Paquin converted a 5-Meter penalty to make it 6-3. The Regals brought it back within two with 3:45 remaining, but that remained their only goal of the period as the Sagehens scored twice within the final minute and half of the third period to lead 8-4.
Cal Lutheran scored the first goal of the fourth period, but Paquin found her fourth goal off a power play with 5:30 left in the game and Lewis scored just 26 seconds after. With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Kahea made it 11-5, putting the match out of reach.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Los Angeles to compete at the Loyola Marymount University Tournament where they will face Bucknell in the first round tomorrow on Friday, March 15 at 9:15 a.m.