LOS ANGELES, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team fell in their opening doubleheader of the LMU Invitational with an 11-9 loss to Bucknell and a 13-12 sudden death overtime win over Cal State East Bay on Friday afternoon at the Burns Aquatics Center.
Season Impact: With the split, the Sagehens move to 10-9 overall this season.
Bucknell 11, Pomona-Pitzer 9
The Sagehens were led by Nadia Paquin who tallied a season-high five goals in the loss.
The Sagehens got off to a slow start after the offense failed to find the back of the net in the first period. Bucknell tallied two goals in the first to start off on a 2-0 lead until the Sagehens opened up the second with a goal by Anna Yu to take the lead down to 2-1. Bucknell ended the half with two-straight goals as they held a 4-1 lead heading into the break.
After only scoring one goal in the first half, Pomona-Pitzer came out and put six goals on the board in the third led by Paquin who scored four alone in the period. Although the Sagehens were able to put six goals on the board, Bucknell wasn't far behind as they put up four goals of their own with the Sagehens heading into the fourth up 8-7.
Bucknell opened up the period with a quick goal to tie the score at 8-8 but the Sagehens came back with a goal from Paquin to reclaim the lead at 9-8. Bucknell went on to score three unanswered goals as the Sagehens' offense struggled late in the fourth as they dropped game one of the LMU Invitational.
Pomona-Pitzer 13, Cal State East Bay 12
The Sagehens were led by senior Janelle Lewis who tallied three goals in the win including the sudden death goal in overtime. Senior Morgan Stockham got the start and the win in goal as she tallied 10 saves and two steals.
The Sagehens and Pioneers began the first period alternating goals as seniors Kyla Pickell and Kahea Kahaulelio found their first goals of the game for the Sagehens but Cal State East Bay ended the first wit back-to-back goals to take a 3-2 lead.
The Pioneers also began the second period with a goal to extend the lead to 4-2 but the Sagehens came back with two goals from Lewis to tie the match back up at 4-4. Cal State East Bay took a one-goal lead into the half after netting their second goal of the period to take a slight 5-4 lead.
The Pioneers came out of the half and once again extended their lead to two goals at 6-4 but the Sagehens came back with two consecutive goals again from first-year Lucie Abele and a five-meter penalty from Paquin to even the score at 6-6. The Sagehens and Pioneers each added one more goal to their total to head into the fourth tied at 7-7.
Both teams had their offenses working in the fourth with three goals apiece to send the game into overtime. Pomona-Pitzer got out in front with the only goal of the first overtime period from senior Natalie Hill but the Pioneers netted two goals in the second overtime period with the go-ahead goal with just four seconds remaining. The Sagehens responded as time expired with Hill netting her second goal in the overtime periods to force a sudden death. The Sagehens got the golden goal as Lewis found the back of the net to complete her hat-trick to give the Sagehens the victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue their play in the LMU Tournament with Princeton at 9:00 a.m. and Marist at 2:15 p.m.