Women's Water Polo: Sagehens Rout St. Francis, 17-3

Women's Water Polo: Sagehens Rout St. Francis, 17-3

THOUSAND OAKS, CA — Nine different players scored, and the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team rolled on their way to a 17-3 victory over the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Friday morning in their opening game of the Tina Finali Invitational.

The Sagehens had three players score hat tricks with Jocelyn Castro, Natalie Hill, and Chessa Burke each notching three goals in the game. 

Hill gave Pomona-Pitzer the initial 1-0 lead two minutes into the game, but St. Francis responded, evening the game at 1-1 midway through the first period.

But that was as close as the Terriers would get, with the Sagehens going on a 8-1 run to end the half. 

Pomona-Pitzer kept rolling after the break, firing off seven more goals in the third quarter. The Sagehens added another goal in the fourth to bring the final to 17-3.

Janelle Lewis scored two goals, and Samantha Martinez, Kahea Kahaulelio, Kyla Pickell, Crystal Huang, Sasha Newton, and Bella Villa each added one.

Fresno Pacific 13, Sagehens 11

Hope Grant scored a hat trick and the Sagehens led 10-9 entering the fourth quarter. But the Sunbirds rallied in the final period, scoring four goals and beating the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team in the Sagehens' final game of the day.

Christina Williamson scored two goals in the game. Anna Yu, Natalie Hill, Nohea Kahaulelio, Kyla Pickell, Sasha Newton, and Morgan McCracken each added a goal of their own. 

McCracken is coming off scoring two goals last weekend that earned her SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors

The Sagehens held the lead all game until Fresno Pacific's Hannah Holly tied it at 10-10 early in the fourth quarter. Williamson added a goal to even the game at 11-11, but the Sunbirds scored two more to put the game away.

Season Impact: The Sagehens score their first win of the 2017 season and move to 1-9, after enduring a tough schedule that included seven top-25 teams.

Next Game: The Sagehens return home to host their annual Convergence Tournament beginning on Friday, March 3. Pomona-Pitzer opens up the tournament against No. 25 Cal Baptist at 12:30 p.m.