With strong defense and a crowd spilling out of the bleachers onto the edges of Haldeman Pool, the Pomona-Pitzer men’s water polo team added their first win to their record this past Saturday, defeating 15th-ranked Navy 10-7. The Sagehens improved to 1-7.
Coming off a 14-8 loss to 18th-ranked Cal Baptist earlier in the day (a team that Navy defeated 11-10 in another match that day), the Sagehens remained strong in the water, causing key turnovers and capitalizing on offensive opportunities.
The game remained close through the first half, with Navy and Pomona matching up in a defensive struggle that left the score at 3-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Midshipmen started out the second quarter with two consecutive missed shots before putting one in the net to take a 4-3 lead with 6:40 on the clock. But offensive leaders Jaron Moler PO ’12 and Jason Cox PZ ’13 responded with goals of their own, giving the Sagehens a 5-4 lead at the half.
The Sagehens proceeded to shut out the Midshipmen in the third quarter, getting goals from Cox, Moler, and Mark Hudnall PO ’13. Midshipman junior Jesse Walker came close to scoring on a lone breakaway with 3:30 left in the quarter, but was denied in a key save by goalkeeper and Captain Kyle Pokorny PO ’12, who had seven total saves on the day. The Midshipmen made an offensive run in the fourth quarter, but two goals by Cody Moore PO ’13 and Dylan O’Connell PO ’14 sealed the victory for the Sagehens.