LONG BEACH, CA. – The No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo team had their fantastic 2018 season come to an end in the NCAA Tournament with a 12-5 loss to No. 5 Long Beach State.
Season Impact: with the loss, the Sagehens end the season with a 24-9 overall record and went through the SCIAC season perfect with a 15-0 record for their third-straight SCIAC Championship.
The Sagehens were led by senior Adam Ward who ended his career with two goals in the loss.
Pomona-Pitzer came out as the aggressive team early on as they quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Dylan Elliott converted a five-meter penalty shot for the first score of the game and then the Sagehens followed up with a goal on their next possession as Ward scored his first goal of the game.
The Beach responded big with three unanswered goals to end the first with two-straight goals off of the post and one more just before the end of the quarter to take a 3-2 lead over the Sagehens.
Long Beach State followed up with three more goals in the second quarter while the Sagehen offense failed to find the back of the net to head into halftime trailing 6-2.
Pomona-Pitzer made some halftime adjustments and had their best quarter of the game with three goals in the third from Ward, Jacob Niskey and Sam Sasaki; however, the Beach matched the Sagehens with three goals of its own to lead 9-5 heading into the fourth.
The Sagehens tried to battle back in the fourth period but Long Beach State's defense kept the Sagehens off of the board as Pomona-Pitzer fell in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.