Men's Water Polo Splits At NorCals, Upsets No. 12 LMU

Men's Water Polo Splits At NorCals, Upsets No. 12 LMU

Stockton, Calif. - Senior Stephen Vint scored on a penalty shot in sudden death overtime, his fifth goal of the match, as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team upset No. 12 Loyola Marymount 9-8 on the second day of the Kap7 Nor Cal Classic, hosted by the University of the Pacific. 

Sophomore goalie Ethan Caleb Prater-Fahey (pictured) added 14 saves (five in overtime) for the Sagehens, who picked up their first win of the year. Pomona-Pitzer also fell to No. 14 Santa Clara on Sunday in its final match 12-3, falling to 1-9 on the year, with all but one of the losses coming to teams currently ranked in the national top 20 (including No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 UCLA). 

Vint got the Sagehens off to a fast start with three straight goals in the first quarter to make the score 3-1. After Neil Forsythe made the score 4-2, Loyola Marymount scored the next two goals to tie it up at the half, and neither team led by more than one the rest of the way.

Senior Travis Larsen had a key goal with one second left in the third quarter to tie the score 6-6 heading into the fourth quarter.  Vint gave the Sagehens a lead with 1:38 left, but Loyola Marymount drew an ejection and scored the tying goal man-up on its next possession to force overtime. 

Sophomore Timmy Hardman put Pomona-Pitzer back in front late in the first overtime, but once again the Lions answered with a goal in the second overtime to knot the score back up 8-8. The Sagehens earned the first possession of sudden death and were awarded a five-meter shot, and Vint put it away for the game-winner.  

Prater-Fahey became increasingly big as the match went on, tallying two saves in the first half, three in the third quarter, four in the fourth quarter and five in overtime for his 14 saves.

In the nightcap, Santa Clara scored seven straight goals to take an 8-1 lead into the third quarter, after each team started the match with a goal on its first possession (including the sixth of the day for Vint). Phillip Clayman and Austin Strong added second half goals for the Sagehens, while Daniel Diemer had eight second-half saves in relief of Prater-Fahey. 

Pomona-Pitzer has two weeks off to rest up before co-hosting the annual Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament on Oct. 3-4.  The Sagehens will host Iona and Harvard on Friday, Oct. 3 and then face Fresno Pacific and Fordham on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Haldeman Pool in their first home matches of the year.