Men's Water Polo Cruises To 17-8 Win Over La Verne, Falls To Concodia 15-9

Men's Water Polo Cruises To 17-8 Win Over La Verne, Falls To Concodia 15-9

Claremont, Calif. - Junior Jason Cox (Arnold, Md.) scored four goals and five other players had two as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team picked up a 17-8 SCIAC win over La Verne on Wednesday. The Sagehens lost their second match of the day 15-9 to 12th-ranked Concordia (Calif.).

(Cox's fourth goal is pictured above)

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 7-16 overall and 3-1 in the SCIAC. Concordia (Calif.) improved to 28-4 with the win, while La Verne falls to 4-20 overall and 1-4 in the SCIAC.

In the La Verne match, Pomona-Pitzer jumped out to a 10-4 halftime lead and cruised through the second half as it picked up its second straight lopsided conference win after a 10-8 road defeat at CMS last Wednesday. The Sagehens also defeated Whittier 13-4 on Saturday.

Ryan Higgins (Orinda. Calif.), Jaron Moler (Carmichael, Calif.), Cody Moore (San Dimas, Calif.), Clayton Hardman (Greenwich, Conn.), and Mark Hudnall (Los Altos, Calif.) all added two goals apiece for the Sagehens, while Austin Strong (Honolulu, Hawaii) had six saves.

In the second match of the day, freshman Stephen Vint (El Cajon, Calif.) and Moore gave the Sagehens a quick 2-0 lead, but Concordia responded with the next five goals to take a 5-2 lead, before Hudnall broke the run. Moore scored on his second five-meter shot of the first half to pull Pomona-Pitzer within 7-4 at the break.

Higgins then scored two goals in quick succession to get the Sagehens within 8-6 early in the third quarter, but Concordia scored the next four goals to put the game away. Vint ended the run with his second goal of the game, but the Eagles were able to hold the lead the rest of the way, depsite two more goals from Vint in the fourth quarter.  Vint finished with four goals, Higgins and Moore two, and Hudnall one. Duje Grubisic led Concordia (and all scorers) with five goals.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action when it travels to Pasadena for two matches on Saturday, an 11 a.m. SCIAC match with Caltech and a 4 p.m. afternoon match with Pac 12 powerhouse USC.