CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-PItzer Men's Water Polo Team had a successful home debut on Saturday afternoon as the Sagehens took down Chapman University 20-11. The home side put on a scoring clinic against the Panthers, as Adam Ward led the team with four goals while freshman Sam Sasaki had three goals and a team-leading four assists. James Kelbert and Douglas Webster split goalkeeping duties as the former delivered eight saves in the first half while the latter saved seven shots.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 5-3 record overall and are 2-0 in the SCIAC.
Tied at 2-2 early in the first period, the Sagehens went on a rally sparked by Tony Murphy who scored in traffic off a pass by Jacob Niskey. Joseph Schafer followed with a quick backhanded shot after receiving a pass by Sam Sasaki, and soon after Keegan Coleman fired a skipping shot into the net to make it 5-2. The Sagehens never surrendered the lead as they held a 5-4 advantage after the first period.
Pomona-Pitzer widened the gap in the second period with a four-goal rally started by Dylan Elliot who scored off a pass by Ben Sasaki. Riley Mangan, Cade Curry, and Sam Sasaki followed with goals of their own to extend the lead 10-5. They entered halftime with a 10-6 lead.
Ahead 11-7 in the third period with 4:18 left, Curry took the ball from the left side of the goal, slipped past his defender, and fired in a one-on-one to put the Sagehens up 12-7. Towards the end of the third, with the Sagehens ahead 13-9, Sam Sasaki scored with 12 seconds remaining with a shot from distance to close the third period 14-9.
The Sagehens put the game out of distance in the final period, scoring straight goals, including a penalty shot by Mangan over a four-minute stretch to close it out.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to Thousand Oaks, CA to take on SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran on Saturday, September 29 at 11 a.m.