CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 15 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team split day two of the Gary Troyer Tournament as they fell to No. 11 Pepperdine 12-9 but came back to beat Concordia 10-6 on Saturday afternoon at Haldeman Pool.
Season Impact: With the split, the Sagehens move to 10-4 overall.
Pomona-Pitzer 9, Pepperdine 12
Pepperdine started out the match with two early goals before Adam Gross converted a five-meter penalty shot to get the Sagehens on the board in the first.
The Waves came back with a goal to push the lead to 3-1 but the Sagehens goalkeeper, James Kelbert, scored his first career goal as he caught the opposing goalkeeper out of the cage and shot one for the length of the pool to cut the lead down to 3-2.
The Waves went on to control the match for the rest of the first half as they went on to score four-straight goals before the Sagehens ended the half with a goal by Elliott to trail the Waves 7-3 at the break.
The Sagehens fought back in the third as they opened up the second half with back-to-back goals from Elliott and Niskey to cut the lead down to 7-5, but the Waves responded with three-straight goals to extend the lead to 10-5.
The Sagehens outscored the Waves in the fourth 3-2 but ran out of time as Pomona-Pitzer fell short of the upset at home.
Pomona-Pitzer 10, Concordia 6
The Sagehens scored two goals in the first period. The first of which came off of the hand of Cade Curry on a powerplay goal to get the Sagehens up 1-0. The Eagles followed up with a goal but the Sagehens ended the first with a goal from Niskey to take a 2-1 lead heading into the second.
Pomona-Pitzer extended its lead in the second with goals from Sam Sasaki, Ward and Schafer while the Eagles only added two more goals to their total to trail the Sagehens 6-3 heading into halftime.
The Sagehens broke open the game in the third as they shutout Concordia in the period and added three more goals to their total. Ward and Schafer netted their second goals of the game while Gross got on the scoreboard to extend the lead to 9-3.
Concordia came creeping back in the fourth as they scored three-straight goals to open up the fourth to cut the lead down to 9-6 with 2:28 left in the fourth but the Sagehens big third quarter lifted them over the Eagles to cap off the Gary Troyer Tournament.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host Redlands and Caltech with games at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10th.