Men's Water Polo: No. 17 Sagehens End Harvard Invitational With Wins Over La Salle and MIT

Men's Water Polo: No. 17 Sagehens End Harvard Invitational With Wins Over La Salle and MIT

CAMRIDGE, MA. – The No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer Water Polo team ended the Harvard invite with two wins as they came away with a 10-4 win over La Salle and a 10-4 win over MIT on Sunday afternoon.

Season Impact: with the wins, the Sagehens improve to 14-9 overall.  

Pomona-Pitzer 10, La Salle 4

The Sagehens were led by Benjamin Sasaki who tallied a hat-trick with three goals in the win.

Pomona-Pitzer jumped out to an early lead with an opening goal in the first minute of the period by Joseph Schafer before La Salle scored their only goal of the first half to the the match at 1-1. The Sagehens ended the first with three-straight goals after two goals from Dylan Elliott and one from Ben Sasaki to take a 4-1 lead.

Pomona-Pitzer stretched their goal streak to six after shutting out La Salle in the second. Ben Sasaki netted two goals while Sam Sasaki got on the board as the Sagehens held a 7-1 lead at the half.

The Sagehens added one goal in the third by Noah Sasaki and shut out La Salle for the second consecutive period. La Salle ended up outscoring the Sagehens in the fourth 3-2 but Pomona-Pitzer built too much of a lead early on as they took game one of their double header.

Pomona-Pitzer 10, MIT 4

Pomona-Pitzer surrendered the first goal of the game to fall behind 1-0 but answered with back-to-back goals to end the first from Schafer and Jack Mallery to take a 2-1 lead over MIT after one period of play.

Each team netted two goals in the second. After the Sagehens extended their lead to 3-1, MIT responded with two-straight goals to tie the match at 3-3, but Pomona-Pitzer ended with a goal to cap off the half with a 4-3 lead over the Engineers.

Noah Sasaki and Sam Sasaki led the attack in the third with each netting a goal to extend the lead to 6-4 and the Sagehens turned up the attack in the fourth with four goals by Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz, Elliott, Noah Sasaki and Ben Sasaki to cap off the Harvard Invitational with back-to-back wins.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent Occidental on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.