Sagehens Battle No. 10 Concordia Close, Fall 14-10

Sagehens Battle No. 10 Concordia Close, Fall 14-10

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo was within two goals of No. 10 Concordia (Irvine) with five minutes to play, but fell 14-10 on Wednesday afternoon at Haldeman Pool.

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer to 5-18 on the year, with 10 of the losses coming to teams ranked in the top 10 and 15 of them coming to teams ranked in the top 20. Concordia improves to 13-7 with the win.

The Eagles led 8-3 in the second quarter and seemed to be on the verge of pulling away, but the Sagehens closed to within 9-7 at the half, with senior Ryan Higgins (pictured) capping off the rally with a goal with 44 seconds left in the second quarter. Freshmen Tommy Turner and Timmy Hardman scored late second-quarter goals as well, to help the Sagehens close out the half on a 3-0 run.

Concordia went back ahead 11-7 with the first two goals of the third quarter, but freshman James Baker and sophomore Phillip Clayman answered back for Pomona-Pitzer to make the score 11-9 with 6:43 left.

The Eagles answered right back with 6:22 remaining on a goal from Stefano Ragosa, but senior Dylan O'Connell found the net for the Sagehens with 5:01 to play to cut the lead to 12-10. Pomona-Pitzer had the ball with a chance to get it even closer, but Concordia earned a stop and Josh Mundell scored with 4:04 left to push the lead to 13-10. Andras Antal added an insurance goal with 2:23 left to make the final score 14-10.

Higgins, Baker and senior Stephen Vint each had two goals for Pomona-Pitzer. Jacob Belamaric led all scorers for Concordia with four goals.

Pomona-Pitzer will return to action next Wednesday when it returns to SCIAC play with a road match at Whittier.