P-P Polo Takes to the Pool for 2015 Season

For the
Pomona-Pitzer women’s water polo team, the last three seasons have been as easy as
one, two, three—SCIAC championships, that is. After taking their third straight league title last year, the women of Haldeman Pool
are back in action for the 2015 season. 

With three first-years replacing just one graduating senior from last year’s team, the Hens boast a wealth of returning talent. All of P-P’s top goal scorers from the 2014 season, including All-Americans Alyssa Woodward PZ ’15, a utility player, and Sarah Westcott PO ’15,  an attacker, have returned to the squad to try for a fourth consecutive SCIAC title.

The team traveled to California Baptist University Jan. 31 to face off against nationally-ranked teams at the Lancer
Mini-Invitational. Both the University of California, Santa Barbara, and California State University, Bakersfield, played strongly against the Hens, ultimately causing P-P to fall 13-3 and 12-8, respectively. 

The
Hens had a tough season-opener, facing off against No. 14 UC Santa Barbara. While Woodward was able
to score two goals for the Sagehens, UC Santa Barbara overpowered P-P to an easy
victory. The team was dealt an unfortunate blow when GK Ahsha
Earwood PZ ’17 dislocated her shoulder during the game; she will be forced to
sit out for an undetermined period of time.

P-P put up a fight against CSU Bakersfield in the tournament’s second game. Utility player Hope Grant PZ ’17 tallied two goals for the Hens in the game, allowing P-P to stay within
fighting distance of CSU Bakersfield in the first two quarters. Down just 7-5
at half, the Hens let CSU Bakersfield start the second half on a 3-0 run that put
the game out of reach.

“The team played really well
against some tough [Division I] competition,” attacker Chrissie Alving-Trinh PO ’15 said.
“Although the results were not what we were hoping for, we got the chance
to work on important skills and start to learn to play together as a
team.” 

Westcott, utility player Miranda
Green PO ’17, center Carter Grant PZ ’17 and Morgan McCracken PO
’18 also added goals. 

McCracken’s points were the first of her collegiate career. An attacker from Atherton, Calif., she is one of three first-years who will
bring offensive prowess to the team this year. Molly Edison PZ ’18, a utility
player from Salem, Ore., will bring power and speed to the offensive unit, while attacker Erica Halaszynski PO ’18 of Walnut Creek, Calif., adds a deft left hand to the
team. 

“Our three new freshmen are already picking up
our style of play quickly,” Sallie Walecka PO ’15 said. “Erica, a
lefty, will really help balance the pool well. With the added numbers, we
can substitute more frequently, which allows us to play relentlessly and tire
out the opponent.”

The Hens will continue non-conference play until
the end of the month. In their first home game, P-P will play against Fresno Pacific University Mar. 6 at the Convergence Tournament, and SCIAC play will begin Mar. 11 against Occidental College. Season highlights include
the Hens traveling to Hawaii to face the Brazil National Team at the end of
March, and the rivalry game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Apr. 15.

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