Men's Water Polo Splits, Stays Unbeaten In SCIAC

Men's Water Polo Splits, Stays Unbeaten In SCIAC

Claremont, Calif. - Jarrod Gaut (pictured) had four goals to lead the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team to a 16-7 win over Occidental in a SCIAC match on Saturday morning. The Sagehens also fell 15-12 to No. 19 Air Force in its second match of the day, despite four more goals from Gaut in the nightcap.

With the split, Pomona-Pitzer moves to 5-17 on the year (with 14 of the losses coming to nationally ranked teams) and 2-0 in the SCIAC. Occidentall falls to 1-17 and 0-2 in the SCIAC, while Air Force improves to 5-7.

In the first match of the day, the score was tied 4-4 at the end of the first quarter, but the Sagehens ripped off five straight goals from five different players to start the second quarter and take control. James Baker started the run 15 seconds into the second quarter, and Phillip Clayman followed with another 19 seconds later to make the score 6-4. Clayton Hardman, Nic Lanker, and Timmy Hardman (Clayton's younger brother) also scored to make it 9-4 by the 4:44 mark.

Occidental stopped the run momentarily with a goal from Patrick Maloney with 4:02 left, but Stephen Vint, Baker and Gaut scored to make it 12-5 at the half, with Gaut's goal coming with one second left.

Baker had three goals for the Sagehens, while Clayman, Lanker, Timmy Hardman and Vint had two goals apiece.  Austin Strong had six saves in the first half, and Caleb Prater-Fahey added five in the second half for Pomona-Pitzer.

In the second match, Air Force led 11-6 after a high-scoring first half. The Sagehens started the second half on a tear to pull within 11-9 as Gaut, Baker, and Clayman all found the net in quick succession. However, Air Force answered back with a 3-0 run of its own to make the score 14-9. Gaut scored with 21 seconds left in the third quarter to make the score 14-11, but the Sagehens could come no closer.

Clayman, Vint and Clayton Hardman all had two goals for Pomona-Pitzer in the nightcap. Tyler Hill had seven saves in the second half to keep the Sagehens close.   

The Sagehens are back in action on Wednesday when they take on No. 10 Concordia for a 5 p.m. match at Haldeman Pool.