CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team will make its third-straight appearance in the SCIAC Tournament Final as they defeated La Verne 9-8 in the SCIAC Semifinals on Friday night at Haldeman Pool.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 20-12 overall and will look for their third-straight SCIAC Tournament Championship on Sunday.
The Sagehens had four players with two goals in the win as Anna Yu, Bella Villa, Nohea Kahaulelio and Lucie Abele all shared a team-high. Morgan Stockham got the win in goal for the Sagehens as she stopped 10 shots in the win.
Another close contest between the Sagehens and Leopards as Pomona-Pitzer escaped with a two-goal victory at home during their last meeting with La Verne.
Some early offense by both teams led to a competitive first half. The Leopards netted the first goal within the first 30 seconds followed by back-to-back goals by Yu and Kahaulelio as the Sagehens took their first lead of the game at 2-1. La Verne answered with two goals to retake the lead but the Sagehens scored the last goal of the first to tie the match at 3-3.
Pomona-Pitzer held a slight advantage in the second as they outscored the Leopards by one goal at 3-2. La Verne came back to tie the game at 3-3 with the first goal of the second period and the Sagehens scored two-straight from Abele and Kahaulelio to take a 5-3 lead with 5:11 left in the first half. The Leopards and Sagehens alternated goals to end the first half as Nadia Paquin found the back of the net to hold a 6-5 lead heading into halftime.
A low scoring third period ended in favor of the Leopards as they scored two goals over the Sagehens who could only come away with one. Abele netted her second goal of the night but the Leopards ended the period with a goal as the two teams went into the fourth tied at 7-7.
The Sagehens started off the period with a go-ahead goal by Villa with 7:21 left in the fourth, but neither team could come back with a goal until the last two minutes of the game. The Leopards netted the tying goal with 1:26 left in the fourth but the Sagehens scored the winning goal off of the hand of Yu with 1:04 left to go in the game.
La Verne had a chance late but a big save by Stockham sealed the win for the Sagehens and secured their third-straight trip to the SCIAC Championship.
Up Next: The Sagehens will face off against Cal Lutheran in the SCIAC Championship on Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m.