Gaut Has Huge Day To Help Sagehens Split

Gaut Has Huge Day To Help Sagehens Split

Claremont, Calif. – Junior Jarrod Gaut (pictured) had four goals, giving him eight on the day, and Austin Strong had 12 saves in goal as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team closed out the Gary Troyer Tournament with a 13-5 win over Fordham on Saturday evening.

The win helped the Sagehens bounce back from a tough 10-9 loss to Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon, as Gaut also had four goals in that contest. The split helps Pomona-Pitzer move to 4-12 on the year.

The Fordham contest saw the Rams score the game's first goal, but Pomona-Pitzer answered with a 7-0 run that stretched all the way to the third quarter. The score was 4-1 at the half, and Gaut scored two goals in a quick 3-0 run to start the third which effectively put the game away.

Strong had seven of his saves in the first half, when he allowed only one goal to help Pomona-Pitzer take a 4-1 lead into the break. Sophomore Stephen Vint and freshman Phillip Clayman each had two goals for Pomona-Pitzer as well.

In the earlier game, Ross Schofield scored with 6:39 remaining to break a 9-9 tie for Johns Hopkins, and the Sagehens were done in by costly turnovers down the stretch as it was unable to get a tying shot off in the final few minutes. The Sagehens ended the game with a man-up situation, but did not take a shot as a final pass went astray.

In addition to the four goals from Gaut, junior Ryan Higgins chipped in with two goals. Schofield had three to lead the Blue Jays in the win. Tyler Hill had nine saves for the Sagehens in goal.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action this week when it gets back into SCIAC play with a road game against Cal Lutheran on Wednesday.