Sagehens’ Sweet Sweep

The Pomona-Pitzer women’s water polo team ignited its offense this past weekend en route to a sweep of Concordia University Irvine and Occidental College at the
Whittier Invite Feb. 7.

After scoring just 11 goals in their first two games of the
season, including three against University of California, Santa Barbara Jan. 31, the Sagehens found an offensive
rhythm in their second weekend of games, scoring a combined 36 goals. In the
first game of the weekend, the Sagehens took down Concordia 17-11, and later
that day put a pounding on Occidental, defeating the Tigers 19-2.

The Sagehens looked shaky early in the game against
Concordia, as attacker Morgan McCracken PO ’18 committed an exclusion foul and Concordia
capitalized to take a 1-0 lead. However, the Hens would not let Concordia get
any farther ahead, as All-American utility player Alyssa Woodward PZ ’15 answered with three
goals of her own in the first quarter, and defender Megan Snow PO ’16 added one as well.
The Hens kept up the offensive dominance throughout the first half, and led the
game 9-4 at half time.

Early in the second half, the Hens let their lead slip, as
Concordia scored three consecutive goals and cut the lead to 10-7. Snow would
stop the streak with her fourth goal of the game, a career high, and
the Sagehens didn’t let Concordia get close for the rest of the game. 

An
additional highlight of the second half came when goalie Sallie Walecka PO ’15,
filling in for the injured Ahsha Earwood PZ ’17, had an incredible 5-meter penalty shot
save to maintain the Hens’ commanding lead. Woodward ended the game with a team-high five goals, while attacker Sarah Westcott PO ’15 and utility player Hope Grant PZ ’17 had two
goals apiece.

“We played really
well as a team against Concordia,” attacker Chrissie Alving-Trinh PO ’15 said.
“We were able to move the ball around and create opportunities to score.
We struggled slightly playing defense as a team, especially in the second half,
so that is something we will look to improve on.”

The Hens
wasted no time getting on the scoreboard first against Occidental as center Mahalia
Prater-Fahey PO ‘15 ripped one in from center just 45 seconds into the game.
Following Prater-Fahey’s goal, the Sagehens put five more into the net in the
first quarter, and continued their dominance throughout the entire game. Westcott
led the team in goals, putting four in the net against Oxy, while Woodward,
Prater-Fahey, and McCracken all completed a hat trick.

“We obviously had
a dominant performance against Occidental, but our team is always looking at
how to get better,” Snow said. “Even though we scored a lot of goals, we can still improve
on our offensive opportunities this season. We have a lot of players that can
score and we want to create opportunities for them.”

The Sagehens
(2-2) will travel to California Baptist University Feb. 14 to take on Division I powerhouse University of Southern California (6-0) and SCIAC rival Whittier College (3-1). After that, the Hens will
face off against California State University, Northridge (6-5) Feb. 15. 

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