Clayman Has Big Day As Sagehens Split Two

Clayman Has Big Day As Sagehens Split Two

Claremont, Calif. - Phillip Clayman (pictured) had seven goals on the day, including a career-high five in a 14-12 win over Iona, as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team split two games against Division I opponents on the first day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament on Friday. 

After defeating the Gaels, Pomona-Pitzer fell 7-3 to No. 18 Harvard in front of an overflow crowd at Haldeman Pool to close out the day's action. With the split, the Sagehens are now 2-10 on the season, with eight of the losses to ranked teams.

Clayman had all five of his goals against Iona in the first three quarters, the last of which made the score 10-9 in favor of the Gaels with 1:04 left. The teams then traded goals through the first part of the fourth, as Stephen Vint tied it 10-10 and then Timmy Hardman tied it 11-11. 

After Jake Lloyd put Iona ahead 12-11, the Sagehens called a timeout and earned a penalty shot, with James Baker converting from five meters to knot the score up 12-12 with 3:22 to play. 

Tommy Turner then closed the contest out with two goals 46 seconds apart, breaking the tie for good with 2:33 to go and then adding an insurance goal with 1:47 to play. The Gaels were unable to come any closer as the Sagehens ran out the clock and secured the win. 

Baker, Clayman and Mark Hallman put Pomona-Pitzer ahead 3-0 in the first quarter, but Iona was able to take a 7-6 lead into the half, and then led by as many as three goals at 10-7, before another 3-0 run tied it. Vint, Turner, and Baker all had three goals for the Sagehens, while Hardman, Hallman and Travis Larsen had one each.

In the nightcap, the teams played a defensive battle with Clayman scoring the only goal of the first quarter. After Harvard went ahead 2-1, Baker was able to tie the score, and Clayman was able to tie up again at 3-3 just before the half.

The Crimson were able to shut the Sagehens out after the half, though, as Joey Colton scored both goals in the third quarter to make the score 5-3 and Viktor Wrobel and Dan Stevens added insurance goals in the fourth. Ethan Caleb Prater-Fahey had 13 saves for the Sagehens, keeping his team in it until the Crimson were able to pull away late.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action tomorrow for a pair of matches at Haldeman Pool, taking on Fresno Pacific at 2 p.m. and Washington & Jefferson at 6 p.m.