Men's Water Polo: Sagehens Hold First Place Lead In SCIAC with Saturday Wins

Men's Water Polo: Sagehens Hold First Place Lead In SCIAC with Saturday Wins

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo Team emerged from Saturday's doubleheader triumphant, winning both of their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches. The Sagehens opened their day with an early afternoon 9-4 victory over University of Redland, followed by a lopsided 15-4 win against Occidental College.

Season Impact: With the two victories the Sagehens improve to a 19-10 record overall and 10-1 in SCIAC, sitting in first place in the conference.

Sagehens def. Redlands 9-4

The Sagehens opened up with a convincing 9-4 win against the Bulldogs. Despite being slowed down by the Bulldogs' defense, the Sagehens managed to overwhelm them in the second half to put the game away.

Senior Daniel Diemer collected 10 saves and nabbed three steals while Dylan Eliott, Joseph Schafer, Adam Ward, and Cade Curry each co-led with two goals. Noah Sasaki made three steals on the defensive end and Adam Gross had a team-high two assists.

The Hens got to a hot start, scoring an early goal just 38 seconds into the first period thanks to Jacob Niskey off a pass from Gross. With 6:04 left in the period, Curry doubled the lead with a hard shot that ricochet off the crossbar and into the goal on a power play. However, Redlands tried to bother the Hens' offense and managed to keep the scoreless the rest of the first period.

The Bulldogs continued to play physical defense in the second period, denying easy passing lanes while goal Chris Martinez made some incredible stops. Then with 2:49 remaining, Redlands got on board with a goal from Ilan Dayan.

In the third period, the Hens' offense found new life, breaking past the Redlands' defense with better ball movement and more open looks. Ward found the net less than a minute in to make it 3-1. After Spencer Allen brought the Bulldogs within one with a goal 20 seconds later, Ward scored off a pass from Niskey to make it 4-2. The Hens closed the third period with a 3-0 run to extend to a 7-2 lead.

Although Redlands scored the opening goal in the final period, the Hens managed to answer back as they held on at ease to a 9-4 victory.

Sagehens def. Tigers 15-4

In the late afternoon, the Sagehens took on the visiting Tigers and defeated them at ease with a dominating 15-4 score line.

Dylan Eliott and Adam Gross co-led with three goals while Keegan Coleman found the net twice and had three assists.

The Sagehens wasted little time in the first period to build a big lead, with Riley Mangan scoring back-to-back early in the first period to spark a 5-0 run. With 52 seconds remaining, Matt Weiser managed to put the Tigers on board, ending the period 5-1 in Sagehens' favor.

Gross opened up the second period with a 5-meter penalty goal after a foul from Oxy to make it 6-1. The Hens maintained their momentum on offense while shutting out the Tigers in the second period as they built a 9-1 lead at halftime.

In the third period, Gross scored off a power play just 30 seconds in. The Tigers battled back thanks to goals from Matt Otsuka and Peter Blumberg to cut the deficit 10-3, but costly penalty goal given to Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz and a goal from Markl Hallman to end the third period put the game out of reach for Occidental. The Sagehens led 12-3 after the third period.

Eliott scored the last two goals of the match for Pomona-Pitzer as the Sagehens pulled away with a 15-4 win.

Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to La Verne on Wednesday, November 8 to face the Leopards at 4 p.m.