Cox Scores 50th, But Air Force Wins 9-5 Over Sagehens.

Cox Scores 50th, But Air Force Wins 9-5 Over Sagehens.

Claremont, Calif. – Jason Cox (Arnold, Md. - pictured) scored his 50th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Pomona-Pitzer Water Polo team fell 9-5 to Air Force on Saturday evening at Haldeman Pool.

Pomona-Pitzer, which earlier in the day clinched a tie for first in the SCIAC (and the second seed in the tournament) with a win over Cal Lutheran, slips to 10-18 with the loss. Air Force, which was led by five goals from Cruz Smithson, improves to 8-15 on the year with the win.

Air Force jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, capped off by a five-meter goal from Jantz Johnson, before the Sagehens finally broke through man-up on a goal from Cox with 2:03 left in the stanza. Cruz Smithson answered back with his second goal of the game to make it 4-1 after the first quarter, before Cody Moore (San Dimas, Calif.) cut it to 5-3 before the half with an over-the-shoulder shot in front. Goalie Tyler Hill (Lafayette, Calif.) stopped a five-meter shot from the Falcons with 15 seconds left in the half to keep the score 5-3.  

A goal from senior Jaron Moler (Carmichael, Calif.) brought the Sagehens within 6-4 with 6:34 left in the third, but Josh Stedman scored a man-up goal on the last possession of the third quarter for the Falcons, and Smithson scored on the first possession of the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 8-4. Cox answered with his third of the game and 50th of the season with 6:31 left, and the Sagehens twice hit the woodwork in attempts to come closer, but Smithson was able to seal it with his fifth with 1:02 remaining.

Danny Harold had 12 saves for the Falcons (three in each quarter), while Tyler Hill had seven for the Sagehens.

Pomona-Pitzer will next be in action at the SCIAC Tournament at La Verne next weekend, when it opens up play on Friday against seventh-seeded Whittier at 11:45 a.m.


Score By Periods              1              2              3              4              F
Air Force                           4              1              2              2              9
Pomona-Pitzer                  1             2              1              1              5

Scoring Summary:

Qtr         Time      Team     Score     Player
1              6:55        AF           0-1          Brad Rajchel
1              4:11        AF           0-2          Cruz Smithson
1              3:28        AF           0-3          Jantz Johnson (5-meter)
1              2:03        PP           1-3          Jason Cox (man-up)
1              0:28        AF           1-4          Cruz Smithson

2              4:35        PP           2-4          Jason Cox
2              4:10        AF           2-5          Petar Jackovich
2              3:26        PP           3-5          Cody Moore

3              6:45        AF           3-6          Cruz Smithson
3              6:34        PP           4-6          Jaron Moler
3              0:24        AF           4-7          Josh Stedman (man-up)

4              7:38        AF           4-8          Cruz Smithson
4              6:31        PP           5-8          Jason Cox
4              1:02        AF           5-9          Cruz Smithson

Saves: PP – Tyler Hill (7); AF – Danny Harold (12)