Whittier, Calif. - In nail-biter Wednesday evening, Pomona-Pitzer's men's water polo team fell in sudden death overtime to Whittier, 13-12, at Whittier's Slade Aquatics Center. The Sagehens suffered their second-straight one-goal SCIAC loss in a row after falling to Chapman, 9-8, last weekend. Pomona-Pitzer now stands 8-12 overall and 1-2 in SCIAC.
The Sagehens fell behind, 5-3, after one quarter, and still trailed, 8-5, at halftime. But Pomona-Pitzer rallied to outscore the Poets, 4-1, in the third quarter to tie the match, 9-9, heading into the fourth. Both teams were limited to a single score in the fourth, sending the match into ovetime periods. In a hard-fought, tight contest, both teams scored a single goal in the first overtime stanza and repeated that in the second overtime period, leading to the sudden-death third overtime period in which Whittier found the net first for the victory.
Adam Ward (pictured) and Tommy Turner each scored three goals for Pomona-Pitzer, with James Baker adding two, and Timmy Hardman, Nic Lanker, Mark Hallman and Phillip Clayman each scoring a single goal. Daniel Diemer had 14 saves in goal.
"We played well as a team," said Head Coach Alex La. "We got some great saves from Daniel and great team effort goals. We were down by three at one point. Our resiliency and determination to succeed by the entire team showed when we came all the way back to tie it. In the end, there are always things we can work on, or try to fix, but I don't doubt the desire and the heart that each of the men have to succeed together as a team."
Pomona-Pitzer travels to Redlands Saturday for an 11:00am match.