The Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Water Polo team continued its recent stretch of success this past Saturday, overpowering Caltech 19-12 in a morning match while giving national number two USC an early fight in an eventual 12-5 loss that afternoon. The team is now 8-17 overall, and 4-1 in SCIAC, placing them in a four-way tie for first alongside fellow competitors Cal Lutheran, Redlands, and CMS.
The Sagehens took time to find their footing against the Beavers, trading goals to reach a slim 4-3 lead by the end of the first quarter. The game remained tight until midway through the second quarter, when the Hens’s offense outscored the Beavers’s 4-1 to give them a 10-5 lead at the half. The team came out strong in the third quarter, scoring five unanswered goals to make the score 15-5 and effectively seal the game.
In the afternoon, the Hens faced off against three-time consecutive national champions USC, whom they had lost to 21-1 in a match earlier this season. The team came out firing, taking an initial 2-1 lead and playing a close game until the Trojans blew it open with a 4-0 second quarter. Down 8-3 at the half, The Hens kept the Trojans to one goal in the third while scoring one of their own, but were unable to erase the deficit, with USC adding three more in the fourth to make it 12-5.
The Hens face off against Redlands in the Haldeman Pool at 7 p.m. this Wednesday.