Men's Water Polo: No. 15 Sagehens Fall To Loyola Marymount & Air Force In MPSF Invitational

Men's Water Polo: No. 15 Sagehens Fall To Loyola Marymount & Air Force In MPSF Invitational

STANFORD, CA. – The No. 15 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team fell to Loyola Marymount 15-14 in overtime and lost to Air Force 14-11 in day two of the Mountain Pacifc Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Balardi Pool.

Season Impact: With the losses, the Sagehens fall to 12-7 overall.

Loyola Marymount 15, Pomona-Pitzer 14

The Sagehens were led by Jodeph Schafer who had a team-high four goals in the loss.

A high scoring match between LMU and Pomona-Pitzer highlighted day two of the MPSF Invitational on Saturday. The Lions got the offense rolling right out of the gate as they outscored the Sagehens 4-2 in the first. Keegan Coleman and Zach Senator got on the board early for the Sagehens but LMU jumped out to an early 4-2 lead.

Pomona-Pitzer would flip the script in the second as they won the period by the score of 4-2. Niskey got his game going with two of the first three goals of the period followed by Sam Sasaki to even the score at 5-5 with 2:35 remaining before half. The Lions would reclaim the lead just 30 seconds later but Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz evened up the score just before halftime with a goal to make the score a level 6-6 at the break.

LMU was able to separate themselves from the Sagehens in the third. After Pomona-Pitzer took an early lead with a goal from Schafer, the Lions scored five of the next six goals to take an 11-8 lead heading into the fourth.

The Lions opened up the period with a goal as the Sagehens faced their largest deficit of the day at 12-8. With the Sagehens facing a four-goal deficit in the fourth, Pomona-Pitzer began mounting its comeback.  The Sagehens scored three-straight goals from Sam Sasaki and Schafer before the Lions could break the streak with a goal of their own to hold a 13-11 lead with 2:20 remaining. Schafer got back on the scoring sheet with a goal and then Adam Ward scored the tying goal with just one minute to play to send the game into overtime.

LMU controlled the first overtime period as they scored two goals and led 15-13 with one overtime period remaining. The Sagehens tried to rally back with a goal from Schafer but couldn't find another before time expired.


Air Force 14, Pomona-Pitzer 11

The Sagehens were led by Sam Sasaki who tallied a team-high four goals in the loss.

The Falcons and Sagehens started out even with both teams netting three goals in the first. Ward, Schafer and Sam Sasaki all got on the board early with the teams alternating goals in the first to a 3-3 score.

Air Force outscored the Sagehens 3-2 in the second to take over the lead heading into halftime. Senator and Niskey both netted goals but Pomona-Pitzer trailed 6-5 at the break.

The Sagehens came out of halftime with their best period of the match with five goals in the third. A goal from Sam Sasaki and two from Dylan Elliott gave the Sagehens their first lead of the match at 8-6, but the Falcons came back with three-straight goals of their own to reclaim the lead. Pomona-Pitzer ended the third on a high note with goals from Gorcey-Biblowitz and Sam Sasaki to hold a 10-9 lead heading into the fourth.

Pomona-Pitzer opened up the fourth with a goal from Sam Sasaki to take an 11-9 lead but the rest of the fourth was all Air Force as they scored five-straight goals to end the game and pick up the win over the Sagehens.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next play tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. at Belardi Pool.