Men's Water Polo: No. 17 Sagehens Fall To 0-2 In Day One Of Harvard Invite

Men's Water Polo: No. 17 Sagehens Fall To 0-2 In Day One Of Harvard Invite

CAMRIDGE, MA. – The No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer Water Polo team suffered a pair of losses at day one of the Harvard Invite with a 10-6 loss to Brown and a 17-16 loss to No. 9 Harvard on Saturday afternoon.

Season Impact: With the losses, the Sagehens fall to 12-9 overall and 5-2 in SCIAC play.

Pomona-Pitzer 6, Brown 10

The Sagehens were led by Zach Senator who had the only multi-goal game with two in the loss.

Pomona-Pitzer got down early on in the game as Brown outscored the Sagehens 3-1 in the first. The Sagehens netted the first goal of the game but the Bears responded with three unanswered goals in the period to take a 3-1 lead.

Brown opened up the second with a score to make it four-straight goals before the Sagehens answered with a goal from Riley Mangan to cut the lead to 4-2 at halftime.

Pomona-Pitzer failed to score a goal in the third while Brown added two more goals to the lead to go up 6-2 heading into the fourth.  Pomona-Pitzer netted four goals in the fourth, but Brown kept their distance as they also netted four goals and held off the Sagehens for the win.

 

Pomona-Pitzer 16, Harvard 17

The Sagehens were led by Dylan Elliott who netted five goals in the loss.

A wild display of offense in the final game of day one between the Crimson and the Sagehens that saw a combined 33 goals. The offense got going early on as Harvard outscored the Sagehens 6-3 in the first period.  The two teams alternated goals in the first with goals from Elliott, Joseph Schafer and Zach Senator but Harvard ended the first with back-to-back goals to take a 6-3 lead.

The Sagehens score to open the second to cut the lead down to 6-4, but Harvard answered with three-straight to take a 9-4 lead with 3:42 to go in the half. The Crimson added three more goals in the second but the Sagehens ended the half with the last goal to cut the lead down to 11-7 at the break.

The two teams came out of halftime and each added two goals to their totals with Elliott netting two in the third to bring the score to 13-9 heading into the fourth.

The Sagehens came all the way back in the fourth period as they outscored Harvard 5-1. The Crimson opened up the fourth with a goal and then the Sagehens began their comeback as Sam Sasaki, Benjamin Sasaki, Elliott and Jack Mallery all aided the comeback effort with goals. Elliott netted the tying goal with eight seconds left to go and forced an overtime period.

The Sagehens took a late lead in the first overtime period after Sasaki had a late shot on goal that was tipped by the keeper and deflected into the net as the shot clock expired. Harvard answered with a goal as time expired in the first overtime period to take a 15-15 tie into the second overtime.  

The Sagehens took a late lead in the first overtime period after Sasaki had a late shot on goal that was tipped by the keeper and deflected into the net as the shot clock expired. Harvard answered with a goal as time expired in the first overtime period to take a 15-15 tie into the second overtime.  

A crazy ending to the second overtime period ensued after an early timeout taken by Harvard forced a five-meter penalty shot for the Sagehens with 8 seconds left.  The penalty was blocked was but the Sagehens scrambled to the ball and the Crimson goalkeeper fouled to force another five-meter penalty. Sasaki converted the second penalty chance as the Sagehens and Crimson went to a sudden death period.

The Sagehens won the sprint but an offensive foul led to a quick throw down the pool by Harvard and a good shot found the net and shut the Sagehens' upset hopes down as the Crimson won in sudden death.