CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team came up just short in their quest for a three-peat with a 10-9 loss to Cal Lutheran in the SCIAC Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon at Haldeman Pool.
Season Impact: with the loss, the Sagehens end the year 20-13 overall and suffer their first loss to a SCIAC school since March 25th 2017.
The Regals got out to a good start in the first as they notched the first two goals of the day to take an early 2-0 lead. Kyla Pickell scored the first goal of the game for the Sagehens but Cal Lutheran responded with a goal to take a 3-1 lead. The Sagehens ended the first with two goals as Hill netted her first of the game and a five-meter penalty by Lucie Abele tied the game at 3-3 heading into the second.
Cal Lutheran controlled the second period and kept the Sagehens off of the board for the majority of the eight minutes. The Regals netted two goals to extend the lead to 5-3 and the Sagehens cut the lead down to one just before halftime as Bella Villa scored to trim the deficit to one goal at 5-4 at the break.
Pomona-Pitzer got back on top in the third as they outscored the Regals 4-2 in the period. Yu started out the third with back-to-back goals and Nadia Paquin scored as well to make it three-straight to take a 7-5 lead, but Cal Lutheran scored two of the final three goals of the third to cut the Sagehens' lead down to 8-7 heading into the fourth.
The Regals quickly tied the game in the fourth with a goal within the first two minutes of the period to bring the teams even at 8-8. The Sagehens reclaimed the lead after a goal by Hill with 5:38 left to play but the Regals went ahead and tied the game with 4:37 left to play and scored the go-ahead goal just under a minute later to take a 10-9 lead with three minutes remaining. Pomona-Pitzer had a chance to tie late in the fourth but the ball struck the post and bounced away from goal as the Regals were able to keep possession and play keep away for the remainder of the game.