CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo Team were battle tested at the first day of the Claremont Convergence, battling against a strong Division II Azusa Pacific side and Division I UC Irvine, but they lost both contests. The Sagehens fell to the APU Cougars in a close 12-10 match and dropped their contest with the UC Irvine Anteaters 14-3.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 5-7 after today's matches.
Pomona-Pitzer 10, Azusa Pacific 12
The Sagehens were neck-to-neck with the Cougars for majority of the match, keeping up with them on the offensive and defensive end of the pool. Anna Yu had a standout game with two goals and three steals while Natalie Hill had two goals and three assists.
The Sagehens jumped to an early lead as Hill scored the opening goal just 17 seconds into the game. She later assisted Yu with 6:01 left in the first period to make it 2-0. After the Cougars scored one back, Kahea Kahaulelio re-extended the lead with a 5-Meter penalty goal to make it 3-1. Unfortunately, the Cougars scored twice before the end of the period to tie the game.
Yu took back the lead to start the second period, scoring off a pass by Hill and Kyla Pickell made it 5-3 with 7:01 left in the half. Sarah Adams scored twice to tie the game for the Cougars, but Nohea Kahaulelio took one back to make it 6-5 for the Sagehens. With 2:43 left in the period, Hannah Bradley tied it up for APU before halftime.
Bella Villa got the Sagehens ahead to start the third period, scoring off a pass by Hill, but the Cougars held off the Sagehens and scored three straight in the final 1:45 of the period to lead 9-7 before the final period.
The Cougars held on the final period despite the Sagehens' attempt to rally back in the final minute to win the match.
Pomona-Pitzer 3, UC Irvine 14
Up Next: The Sagehens will take on University of Redlands tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara later that same day at 5:45 p.m.