LA VERNE, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent La Verne 16-7 in day two of the Inland Empire Classic but fell to UC Irvine 9-7 in game two of their double header on Sunday afternoon.
The Sagehens were led by sophomore Adam Ward who had four goals and scored a goal in each period of play against La Verne.
The Sagehens scored three of the first four goals of the match as Ward, senior Tommy Turner and senior Timmy Hardman each scored their first goals of the game to take an early 3-1 lead. Pomona-Pitzer tacked on two more goals late in the first period by sophomore Max Ries and senior James Baker to take a 5-4 lead.
The Sagehen defense limited the Leopards offense to only one goal in the second period and allowed Pomona-Pitzer to push its lead to 8-5 at halftime after goals from Baker, Ward and freshman Joseph Schafer.
Pomona-Pitzer was able to extend its lead in the third period as the La Verne offense was unable to find the back of the net. The Sagehens broke open the game in the second half with seven-straight goals to take a 15-5 lead over the Leopards.
The Sagehens dominated the second half of the match was able to hold off the Leopards for the 16-7 win.
Pomona-Pitzer then turned its attention to UC Irvine in the final game of the Inland Empire Classic.
The Sagehens were led by Baker who tallied three goals in the loss.
UC Irvine jumped out to an early lead over the Sagehens as they scored the first two goals of the match before Baker and junior Mark Hallman responded to tie the match at 2-2. UC Irvine was able to add two more to their lead as they ended the first period up 4-2.
The two teams played an even second period with both teams adding three goals to their total. Baker scored his second and third goals of the day and Ward added his first as the Sagehens trailed 7-5 at halftime.
The defenses tightened up in the second half and only allowed four goals between the two teams. Pomona-Pitzer came out in the third and notched two-straight goals by Ward and Hallman to tie the game up at 7-7 with 1:55 left in the third period.
UC Irvine answered with a goal late in the third and tacked on one more early in the fourth and was able to hold off the Sagehens' comeback attempt to take a 9-7 win over Pomona-Pitzer.
The Sagehens will next compete in the Norcal Tournament at Berkeley on Thursday, September 22nd.