Men's Water Polo: Sagehens End SoCal Invitational With 8-5 Upset Over No. 14 Princeton

Men's Water Polo: Sagehens End SoCal Invitational With 8-5 Upset Over No. 14 Princeton

LOS ANGELES, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team finished the SoCal Invitational with an 8-5 upset over No. 14 Princeton on Sunday morning at the Burns Aquatics Center.

Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 7-4 overall.

The Sagehens were led by Joseph Schafer and Dylan Elliott who continued their good play this weekend and shard a team-high two goals in the win. James Kelbert and Kellan Grant split minutes in goal again in the win over Princeton. Kelbert got the start and tallied seven saves while Grant picked up the win in the second half with five saves.

The Sagehens got on the board first as they opened up with a five-meter penalty goal from Elliott to take a 1-0 lead.  The Tigers came back with a goal but the Sagehens ended the first as Noah Sasaki found the net off of a pass from Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz to take a 2-1 lead.

Pomona-Pitzer and Princeton alternated goals in the second period as each team netted two goals.  Adam Gross got on the board for the Sagehens and Schafer netted his first goal of the game to give the Sagehens a 4-3 lead heading into halftime.

Princeton came out and tied the game within the first minute of the second half but the Sagehens defense shutout the Tigers for the remainder of the third period while Elliott and Keegan Coleman found the back of the net to extend the lead to 6-4.

The Sagehens opened up the fourth with a goal by Alexander Peterson to give the Sagehens their largest lead of the game at three goals with 7:41 left to play. The Tigers didn't net a goal until just over three minutes left to play in the fourth but the Sagehens shut the door on a comeback after Schafer scored his second goal of the game with 1:44 left to play as the Sagehens completed the upset over No. 14 Princeton.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next compete in the Gary Troyer Tournament on October 4th against Air Force at 3:00 p.m. and UCSD at 7:00 p.m.