CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 20 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team finished the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference unbeaten with a 9-6 win over Sixth Street Rival CMS on Saturday night at Axelrood Pool.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens finish conference play unbeaten with a 22-8 overall record and a perfect 14-0 in SCIAC play. That also sets the record for most conference wins in a single season.
The Sagehens were led by Jacob Niskey who netted three goals for his second hat-trick of the season.
CMS jumped out to an early lead in the first period as the Sagehens failed to find the back of the net. The Stags netted the only goal of the first to take a quick 1-0 lead. Pomona-Pitzer found its offense in the second as they outscored the Stags 4-2 in the period to take the lead heading into halftime. Niskey tallied three goals alone in the third while Adam Ward added the fourth as the Sagehens lead 4-3 at the break.
The Sagehens came out of the half and put another crooked number on the scoreboard with three goals in the third. Adam Gross got the scoring going followed by Dylan Elliott and Cade Curry to extend the lead to 7-4 heading into the fourth.
The Stags slowed down the Sagehens in the fourth but could not get their offense going with both teams netting two goals in the fourth. CMS struck first in the fourth to cut the lead down to 7-5 but the Sagehens answered just 30 seconds later with a goal by Sam Sasaki to extend the lead back up to three goals at 8-5. Joseph Schafer ended the night with a goal with 14 seconds left to play as the Sagehens put an exclamation point on their perfect conference season with a road win over their Sixth Street Rival.
Up Next: The Sagehens earned the No. 1 seed in the SCIAC Tournament and will host California Lutheran University on Friday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m.