CLAREMONT, CA. – The first Sixth Street Rivalry match of the season was a nail-biter for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo Team, but despite doing their best to find that winning goal, the Sagehens fell to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9-8. Riley Mangan led the offense with two goals while Sam Sasaki forced three steals and Kellan Grant made eight saves at goal.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 9-7 overall and 2-2 in the SCIAC.
Dylan Elliott opened up the scoring in the first period, scoring from distance a minute and 20 seconds into the match. Riley Mangan muscled the second goal to give Pomona-Pitzer a 2-0 lead with 5:43 left in the period. However, the Stags tied it up with two straight goals. With 3:49 remaining, Tony Murphy received a pass in the center and rifled one past the keeper. Alex Peterson later found Noah Sasaki with an open lane and the junior doubled up to give the Sagehens a 4-2 lead with 2:51 remaining. However, CMS refused to back down, scoring twice to tie the match at 4-4.
The Stags opened up the scoring in the second period less than a minute in, and netted again with 6:03 left to make it 6-4. In the second half of the period, the Sagehens mustered a comeback. After a saved shot by Grant at close range, Alex Peterson cut the deficit 6-5 with 4:43 remaining, but Ethan Lewis brought the lead back up by two for CMS just 30 seconds later. After a CMS exclusion on Eric Warmoth, the Sagehens cut it within one with less than a minute left thanks to a goal by Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz. Unfortunately, Lewis made it 8-6 for CMS with 29 seconds left.
The Sagehens grinded back in the final period when Joseph Schafer found the back of the net with 6:43 left in the game.
Sagehens trim CMS lead 8-7 in the fourth period! pic.twitter.com/igYkUH6drF— Sagehens (@Sagehens) October 10, 2019
With 3:39, Riley Mangan evened the score with a skipping shot.
Unfortunately, CMS scored their game-winning with 1:49 remaining in the match.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to La Verne, CA to face University of La Verne on Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m.