Men's Water Polo Cruises To SCIAC Win Over Caltech, Falls To No. 2 USC

Men's Water Polo Cruises To SCIAC Win Over Caltech, Falls To No. 2 USC

Pasadena, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team had a big day offensively as it rolled to a 19-12 win over Caltech on Saturday morning, before falling to No. 2 USC 12-5 in a non-conference match in the afternoon.

With the split, the Sagehens improve to 8-17 overall and 4-1 in the SCIAC, putting it in a four-way tie for first place with CMS, Cal Lutheran and Redlands. Second-ranked USC improves to 17-2 on the season, including a 21-1 win over Pomona-Pitzer back on Oct. 1 at the So Cal Tournament at Long Beach State.

Sophomore Robert Chew (Laguna Beach, Calif. - pictured) and junior Karl Kumbier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) led the way for the Sagehens with four goals apiece, while freshman Travis Larsen (Rolling Hills Estates) added three.

Pomona-Pitzer led 4-3 after one quarter and was still only up 8-5 late in the second, but it scored the final two goals of the first half and the first five of the second half for a 7-0 run that turned it into a commanding 15-5 lead.

In the USC match, the Sagehens hung tough early and trailed only 4-3 after the first quarter, before USC used a 4-0 second quarter to take an 8-3 lead into halftime. Senior Jaron Moler and junior Cody Moore each had two goals for Pomona-Pitzer, while Dylan O'Connell added one.

Jack Plaga led all scorers with four goals for the Trojans. Kyle Pokorny had four saves and Austin Strong added three for the Sagehens, while Will Simon had four first-half saves for USC. 

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action when it hosts a key SCIAC match with Redlands at 7 p.m.