CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 11-3 in the Sixth Street Rivalry on Wednesday night at Haldeman Pool.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 13-18 overall and 6-1 in SCIAC play and lock in the number two seed in the SCIAC Tournament with the win. This win also marks the ninth-straight win over CMS in the sixth street rivalry.
Senior goalkeeper Ahsha Earwood earned the win for the Sagehens as she tallied eight saves and one steal while only giving up two goals.
The Athenas were led by Jessica Gaffney who had two goals in the loss while Shannon Golden chipped in with one.
The Sagehens got on the scoreboard first as Castro placed a skip shot in the corner of the goal off of a pass from junior Morgan McCracken to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead with 4:27 left in the first. Castro added another goal just two minutes later as she found herself open in front of goal to push the lead to 2-0.
Pomona-Pitzer extended its lead to 3-0 as sophomore Kahea Kahaulelio scored the final goal of the quarter with just three seconds left on the clock to take a three-goal lead heading into the second.
The Athenas opened up the second quarter with their first goal of the game as Golden lobbed in a goal to cut the lead down to 3-1 but the Sagehens responded as Yu fired one past the CMS goalkeeper off of a lead pass from freshman Bella Villa to extend the lead back up to 4-1.
After a steal by McCracken, the Sagehens capitalized with a breakaway goal as Nohea Kahaulelio lobbed in a shot over the goalkeeper's head to push the lead to 5-1 heading into halftime.
The Athenas struggled to score on the Sagehens' defense in the first half as Earwood tallied five saves while the Pomona-Pitzer defense racked up six steals.
After struggling to score in the first half, CMS came out and found the back of the net in the first minute of the third quarter. However, the Sagehens responded immediately after as senior Christina Williamson scored off of an assist from McCracken to push the lead back up to four goals at 6-2.
The Sagehens' offense kept up the pace in the second half as they scored four-straight goals to end the third after Nohea Kahaulelio and Villa scored off of lobs over the goalkeeper, senior Hope Grant converted a five meter penalty shot and Yu found the back of the net for her second goal of the night to give the Sagehens a 10-2 lead heading into the fourth.
Pomona-Pitzer scored one goal in the fourth as Castro notched her hat trick with 5:55 left in the game on a five meter penalty shot as the Sagehens cruised to an eight-point victory at home in the Sixth Street Rivalry.
Up Next: the Sagehens will next host their final regular season game of the year as they host SCIAC opponent Chapman for Senior Day on Saturday, April 15th at 11:00 a.m.