Sagehens Open With Win Over No. 14 LMU

Sagehens Open With Win Over No. 14 LMU

San Diego, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team opened up its 2015 season by knocking off No. 14 Loyola Marymount 10-9 in the first match of the UC San Diego Triton Invitational on Saturday morning, outscoring the Lions 3-0 in the pivotal fourth quarter. 

The Sagehens dropped their second match of the day 15-4 to host San Diego, ranked No. 10 in the nation, to open their season up 1-1.  

Junior Tommy Turner (pictured) had the game-winning goal for Pomona-Pitzer with 1:54 left to break a 9-9 tie and the defense was able to hold on the rest of the way, behind 14 saves from sophomore goalie Daniel Diemer.Turner's goal capped off a 3-0 fourth quarter for the Sagehens after Loyola Marymount pulled ahead 9-7 with a goal with seven seconds left in the third, which was the only time in the entire match that either team led by more than one goal.

Pomona-Pitzer responded quickly in the fourth, though, as junior James Baker scored at the 6:37 mark, his third goal of the match, to make the score 9-8. Senior Phillip Clayman then knotted the score up with 3:07 to go, which set up the game-winner from Turner.     

Clayman and Turner each had two goals to support the hat trick from Baker, while freshman Adam Ward scored in his first collegiate contest.  Senior Neil Forsythe and junior Nic Lanker also had goals for the Sagehens. 

"Our debut wasn't satisfying due to just winning the match," said Head Coach Alex La. "The most satisfying part was that we won because we were a team. We had six different players score. Phillip and Daniel led us on the defensive end, and James and Adam were outstanding on offense. A team won today, and we need to train harder and smarter to build off our success."

Baker added two goals and Ward and Clayman each had one in the nightcap against UC San Diego. The Sagehens were within 5-2 at the break, but the Tritons broke it open in the second half with five goals in the third and five in the fourth. Diemer had 10 saves to finish with 24 on the day.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action next weekend at the Inland Empire Invitational, hosted by La Verne and Redlands.