LOS ANGELES. CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team went 1-2 on Saturday as they fell in both games in day two of the LMU Invitational with a 13-9 loss to No. 14 Princeton and a 7-5 loss to No. 20 Marist but came back with a 15-4 win over Caltech.
Season Impact: The Sagehens move to 11-11 on the year and 6-0 in SCIAC play.
Princeton 13, Pomona-Pitzer 9
A high scoring half for Princeton propelled them to an early lead against the Sagehens as they outscored Pomona-Pitzer 4-2 in the first. The Sagehens opened up the game with a goal from Natalie Hill to take an early 1-0 lead, but the Tigers truck for four-straight goals until Nohea Kahaulelio netted her first goal of the game to cut the lead to 4-2 after the first.
The Tigers extended their lead to 6-2 after scoring the first two goals of the second period until Janelle Lewis got on the board for the Sagehens to cut the lead to 6-3. Princeton went on to net back-to-back goals to extend the lead to 8-3 but the Sagehens ended the half on a high note with a goal from Kyle Pickell to trail 8-4 at the half.
Pomona-Pitzer opened the second half with a goal but the Tigers scored three-straight to push the lead to 11-5. The Sagehens tried to mount a comeback late as they scored four of the final sixth goals of the match but the Tigers were able to hold off the Sagehens for the win.
Marist 7, Pomona-Pitzer 5
The Sagehens were led by Samantha Martinez who had a team-high two goals in the loss.
Both teams got out to a good start in the first with each team putting up two goals. The Red Foxes and Sagehens alternated goals with Hill and Martinez netting goals for Pomona-Pitzer to end the first tied 2-2.
The Sagehens pulled ahead in the second as Nadia Paquin opened up the period with a goal off of an assist from Pickell to take a 3-2 lead. Marist came back to even the score at 3-3 but the Sagehens added two more from Lewis and Martinez to take their largest lead of the day at 5-3. Marist was able to cut the lead down to one goal as they scored with seconds left in the first half to trim the lead to 5-4.
The Sagehens offense went cold in the second half as they failed to register a goal in the third and fourth periods. Marist reclaimed the lead in the third after two goals gave them a 6-5 lead heading into the fourth period.
Defense controlled the fourth period as neither team could get on the board until the final minute of play. Marist was able to sneak in a goal with 55seconds remaining to take a 7-5 lead and it ended up being enough as the Sagehens came up just short in the final game of the LMU Invitational.
Pomona-Pitzer 15, Caltech 4
The Sagehens wasted no time getting ahead of the Beavers with five goals in the first. Abele and Wu started off the game with goals within the first two minutes followed by Cullen and Wu to extend the lead to 4-0. The Sagehens added one more with Nesbit scoring off of an assist from Wu to take a 5-0 lead into the second.
Pomona-Pitzer kept its offense going strong into the second as they added four more to their total before halftime. Isabel Wiesenthal started the scoring off of a five-meter penalty shot followed by three-straight goals from Abele, Cullen and Lewis to take a 9-0 lead. Caltech finally got on the board with under a minute remaining before half as the Sagehens led 9-1 at the break.
Caltech stayed with the Sagehens in the third as each team tallied three goals in the period. Cullen and notched one and Nesbit netted two more goals to take a 12-4 lead into the fourth.
Already with a big lead, the Sagehens added three more in the fourth with two from Wu and Wiesenthal with her second to finished off Caltech and remain unbeaten in SCIAC play.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host Occidental on March 30th at 11:00 a.m.