WHITTIER, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier 7-6 in overtime on Wednesday night at the Slade Aquatics Center.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens drop to 2-5 overall and lose their first SCIAC game of the season and drop to 1-1 in SCIAC play. The Poets open their SCIAC season with a win and are now 2-7 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
The Poets were led by Carlos Heredia Viteri who had a game-high three goals in the win.
Pomona-Pitzer and Whittier faced off in a very high-energy early season SCIAC contest in today's match and a potential future SCIAC Championship match later this season.
The Sagehens jumped out ahead in the first period after Curry opened up the scoring with an even strength goal to take a 1-0 lead. Pomona-Pitzer doubled their lead just 20 seconds later after Gross converted a five-meter penalty to lead the Poets 2-0.
Whittier battled back in the first as Hans Zdolsek scored back to back goals for the Poets but the Sagehens netted a goal with just over a minute remaining to take a 3-2 lead after the first.
Defense controlled the second period of the game as neither team could find the back of the net until the last two minutes. The Sagehens scored a goal by Ries followed by a power play goal by Schafer to take a 5-2 lead with just 35 seconds left until halftime but Whittier found the back of the net with just one second left on the clock to cut the deficit down to two goas at 5-3 heading into the half.
The Poets controlled the third period of the match as they got back into the game with two even strength goals and shut the Sagehens out to tie the match at 5-5 heading into the fourth.
Whittier opened up the fourth period with a goal to take an early lead but the Sagehens responded with a goal from Hallman to tie the match at 4-4 as the teams headed into overtime.
The Poets scored the only overtime goal of the game with 32 seconds remaining in the first overtime period and held off the Sagehens in overtime to earn a win over Pomona-Pitzer.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next compete in the MPSF Invitational at USC where they take on Stanford on Friday, September 22nd at 3:30 p.m.