BERKLEY, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team fell in the first match of the NorCal Tournament to defending National Champions and No. 1 ranked UCLA by the score of 18-7.
The Sagehens move to 2-5 on the year during their early tournament run and the Bruins improve to 12-0.
UCLA started out with the hot hands in the first period as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. The Sagehens battled back with goals from Ward, Turner and freshman Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz but trailed the Bruins 6-3 after the first period of play.
UCLA began to pull away in the second as they opened up the period with four-straight goals before junior Mark Hallman found the back of the net as the Sagehens went into halftime with a 10-4 deficit.
Turner netted the only goal in the third period for the Sagehens while Ward and senior James Baker both found the back of the net in the fourth but Pomona-Pitzer could not battle back against the top-ranked UCLA Bruins.
The Sagehens will continue their play in the NorCal Tournament as they face the loser of the UC Irvine vs Pepperdine match on Saturday, September 24th at 8:00 a.m.