Sagehens Break Into Win Column In SCIAC Opener

Sagehens Break Into Win Column In SCIAC Opener

Claremont, Calif. - Ryan Higgins (Orinda, Calif.) scored five goals to lead the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team to a 12-7 win over La Verne in its SCIAC opener on Wednesday.

(pictured - Higgins lobs in his fifth goal of the game in the fourth quarter)

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 1-11 on the year and 1-0 in the SCIAC, after a brutal September schedule which saw them play 11 teams ranked in the top 20 in the nation, including seven in the top 10 (two against No. 1 USC).

Pomona-Pitzer seized control of the game early, taking a 6-0 lead in the second quarter before the Leopards finally found the back of the net for the first time. Higgins scored twice in the first quarter to give the Sagehens a 2-0 lead after one stanza, and Jason Cox (Arnold, Md.) scored twice in the second quarter to help stretch the lead to 6-1 at the break.

Higgins added two more goals in the third quarter to help make the score 9-2 after three stanzas, and Pomona-Pitzer was able to cruise out to a 12-4 lead before La Verne scored the final three goals of the game. 

Jarrod Gaut (Irvine, Calif.) joined Cox with three goals apiece, while Bryan Jimenez had three goals for La Verne.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action when it co-hosts the Gary Troyer Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

ULV  0 1 1 5  7
PP    2 4 3 3  12

7:19 Ryan Higgins (PP) 1-0
2:39 Ryan Higgins (PP) 2-0

7:03 Jason Cox (PP) 3-0
5:24 Dylan O'Connell (PP) 4-0
4:13 Jason Cox (PP) 5-0
3:13 Jarrod Gaut (PP) 6-0
2:03 Shane Hurter (LV) 6-1

6:08 Jarrod Gaut (PP) 7-1
5:24 Ryan Higgins (PP) 8-1
3:17 Daniel Hargis (LV) 8-2
0:17 Ryan Higgins (PP) 9-2

6:48 Ryan Higgins (PP) 10-2
6:24 Bryan Jimenez (LV) 10-3
6:08 Jarrod Gaut (PP) 11-3
5:29 Bryan Jimenez (LV) 11-4
4:44 Jason Cox (PP) 12-4
3:50 Daniel Hargis (LV) 12-5
2:02 Jon Jarvis (LV) 12-6
0:22 Bryan Jimenez (LV) 12-7

Goalie Saves
Tyler Hill (PP) - 5, 30 mins
Austin Strong (PP) - 6, 30 mins

Brendon Jones (LV) - 10, 60 mins