Men's Water Polo: Ward's Five Goals Keep Sagehens Undefeated in SCIAC

Men's Water Polo: Ward's Five Goals Keep Sagehens Undefeated in SCIAC

ORANGE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo Team extended their SCIAC winning streak to 22 games on Wednesday evening following a convincing 17-11 victory over Chapman University on the road. The Sagehens have not lost a SCIAC contest since September 20, 2017. Adam Ward led the charge with a team-high five goals while Dylan Elliott distributed four assists with a goal and three steals. James Kelbert came through with 13 saves at goal.

Season Impact: The Sagehens remain in first in the SCIAC with a 16-7 record overall and 9-0 in the SCIAC.

The Sagehens jumped quickly for the opening goal as Joseph Schafer scored on a power play just 26 seconds into the match. Ward followed with two goals, both assisted by Elliott, and Elliott later scored one for himself to give the Sagehens a 4-0 lead with 3:51 remaining in the period. The finished the first period with a 4-1 lead.

Less than a minute into the second period, Brady Hoskins of Chapman committed a foul inside the 5-meter box, giving the Sagehens a penalty. Schafer converted the penalty shot to extend the lead 5-1. Sam Sasaki scored with 5:46 remaining in the half and Ward made it 7-1 after receiving a pass from Elliott to extend the lead 8-1. After a goal by Hayden Reider by Chapman, the Sagehens refused to pump the brakes on offense as Noah Sasaki ended the second half with two more goals. The Sagehens led 9-2 at halftime.

Chapman tried to rally back in the second half, opening the third set with two straight goals, but the Sagehens were able to snuff it out after Jacob Niskey scored with 5:08 left in the third period and Keegan Coleman with 4:34 remaining. Chapman responded by breaking out with a 4-0 run to cut the deficit 11-8, but with two seconds remaining Ward barely beat the buzzer with a quick shot to extend the advantage 12-8.

Ward opened up the fourth period with his fifth goal of the day, and the Sagehens never looked back. Chapman and Pomona-PItzer went back and forth, trading goals, but the Sagehens eventually put the cap on the match after Niskey scored with 1:29 remaining to build a 16-11 lead.

Up Next: The Sagehens will hit the road and face Redlands on Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a 4:00 p.m. match with Division II Cal Baptist.