Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team dropped a tough 12-11 decision to Johns Hopkins on Friday evening, after earlier falling 12-7 to Division I Loyola Marymount on the first day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament at Haldeman Pool.
With the losses, the Sagehens fall to 2-11 on the season, with eight of the losses coming to nationally ranked opponents.
Junior goalie Austin Strong (pictured) had a solid effort with 14 saves in the Loyola Marymount match to keep the Sagehens in it. A goal from senior center Jarrod Gaut with five seconds left in the second quarter brought Pomona-Pitzer within 5-4 at the break, and senior attacker Ryan Higgins tied it early in the third quarter at 5-5.
Loyola Marymount ended the third quarter on a 3-0 run to take an 8-5 lead, and after Phillip Clayman started off the fourth quarter scoring for the Sagehens, the Lions had back to back goals to make the score 10-6. Freshman Nic Lanker scored his second to give Pomona-Pitzer one last glimpse of hope, but the Lions earned a stop on the next Sagehen possession and scored back to back goals to close out the 12-7 win.
Vuc Svetkovic and Joe Ferretti had three goals apiece for Loyola Marymount, while Gaut and Lanker led the Sagehens with two each.
The nightcap saw Gaut come out on fire as he scored three time in the first 3:20 of the game to give the Sagehens a quick 3-0 lead. Johns Hopkins answered with three straight to tie the score 3-3, but freshman Tommy Turner scored with nine seconds left in the first quarter to make the score 4-3.
Higgins scored with one second left in the second quarter to give the Sagehens a 7-6 lead at intermission, just 27 seconds after Lanker had tied the score.
Gaut started off the third quarter with another goal to make the score 8-6, and after the Blue Jays pulled even at 9-9 on a Fraser goal, sophomore Neil Forsythe scored with 13 seconds left in the third stanza to give the Sagehens a 10-9 lead.
Johns Hopkins, though, answered with a 3-0 run to start the fourth quarter, and the Sagehens were unable to recover. Fraser scored his fifth at the 7:10 mark to tie the score, and Thomas de Lyon and Blake Range added goals to give the Blue Jays a 12-10 lead with 4:57 left. Freshman James Baker answered for the Sagehens with 3:58 left, but Pomona-Pitzer was unable to tie the score late as Johns Hopkins held on for the win.
Gaut had four goals to lead the Sagehens, while Baker had two and five others had one. Fraser had a match-high five goals and de Lyon three for Johns Hopkins. Junior goalie Tyler Hill had nine saves for Pomona-Pitzer in the loss.
The Sagehens will return to action tomorrow for games at 2:20 against Fresno Pacific and 6:20 against Long Beach State.