LOS ANGELES, CA. – The No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team fell to No. 12 Princeton 12-11 in overtime and fell to San Jose State 13-8 on Saturday afternoon in the Mountain Pacific Invitational.
Season Impact: With the losses, the Sagehens drop to 2-8 overall.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead against the Sagehens as they opened up the first period with two-straight goals to lead 2-0. The Sagehens responded with back to back goals from Ward and Schafer to tie the game at 2-2 after the first.
Princeton netted three of the first four goals of the second period to take 5-3 lead but the Sagehens netted two goals from Sasaki and cut the deficit to 6-5 heading into the half.
The Tigers began to pull away from the Sagehens in the third as they outscored Pomona-Pitzer 3-1 in the period to take a 9-6 lead but the Sagehens came back in the fourth with four goals and tied the game with one second left on a goal from Dylan Elliot to tie the game at 10-10 and send the game into overtime.
Princeton came out and scored two goals in the first overtime period and shutout he Sagehens to take a 12-10 lead. The Sagehens battled back late in the second overtime period and netted a goal by Mark Hallman with 36 seconds left in the game but Pomona-Pitzer couldn't find an equalizer late as they fell in overtime to the Tigers.
San Jose State:
San Jose State jumped out to an early lead as they outscored the Sagehens 3-1 in the first. Pomona-Pitzer climbed back into it as they scored three of the first four goals in the second period from Niskey, Curry and Elliot as the Sagehens went into the half trailing 5-4.
The Spartans widen their gap in the third as they netted five goals in the third opposed to the Sagehens who only scored one goal in the period from Bethel.
Pomona-Pitzer stayed even with the Spartans in the fourth as each team scored three goals but the big third from San Jose State was the difference as the Sagehens fell to the Spartans 13-8
Up Next: The Sagehens will next return home as they host SCIAC rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m.