Sagehens Edged By Ninth-Ranked UC Davis

Sagehens Edged By Ninth-Ranked UC Davis

Long Beach, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team led 8-7 with two minutes to go, but ninth-ranked UC Davis rallied for a 9-8 win on Saturday afternoon at the So Cal Tournament.

Earlier in the day, the Sagehens fell 21-1 to top-ranked UCLA in its first game of the tournament. Pomona-Pitzer falls to 1-10 on the season with the losses, with all matches coming to nationally ranked teams, including two one-goal losses to teams in the top 10 (UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis) and a win over No. 17 Navy.

In the UC Davis match, Junior defender Cody Moore (San Dimas, Calif.) scored back-to-back goals at the start of the fourth quarter to give the Sagehens a 7-6 lead. After UC Davis tied it, junior Jason Cox (Arnold, Md.) scored his third of the game with 3:46 left to put the Saghens in front 8-7.

The lead held until Ryan Hagens was able to knot the score up for UC Davis with 1:47 to play. Pomona-Pitzer turned the ball over with 35 seconds left, and 15 seconds later, Bernie Rodgers scored the winning goal on his only shot of the entire match.

The Sagehens had one last chance with the ball in the final seconds, but were unable to get the equalizer, as freshman Stephen Vint (El Cajon, Calif.) was whistled for an infraction with five seconds left. Senior goalkeeper Kyle Pokorny (Coronado, Calif.) had five saves in the loss.

Sophomore Jarrod Gaut (Irvine, Calif.) had the only goal for the Sagehens against top-ranked, undefeated, and defending national champion USC in the first game of the day. Gaut also added a goal against UC Davis, while junior Mark Hudnall (Los Altos, Calif.) had two.

Pomona-Pitzer will conclude play at the So Cal Tournament tomorrow before co-hosting the Claremont Convergence next weekend.