After starting off SCIAC play with a 12-4 win over Occidental College (2-15, 0-4 SCIAC), the Pomona-Pitzer men’s water polo team (8-12, 1-2 SCIAC) lost two heartbreakers.
In their back-and-forth match against Chapman University (11-8, 3-1 SCIAC) on Saturday, Oct. 24, the Sagehens were tied 5-5 with the Panthers at halftime. Neither team scored in the third quarter, then traded two goals apiece in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Chapman broke the tie, scoring two goals in the last minute-and-a-half of the match.
P-P attempted to mount a last-minute comeback as utility player Adam Ward scored with 24 seconds left, but it was too little, too late for the Hens.
In an even tighter match against Whittier College (14-9, 3-0 SCIAC) on Wednesday, Oct. 28, P-P found itself in a similar situation at the end of the game. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Poets and Hens were tied 9-9. After each team scored a goal in the fourth quarter, the game headed into overtime.
Both the first and second overtime periods saw each team score a goal apiece to set up the third and final sudden death overtime. Whittier found the back of the net first for the golden goal 13-12 victory.
Despite the close losses, the remainder of P-P’s SCIAC schedule looks promising as the team has shown heart and desire in its last two matches. The Sagehens face off against the University of Redlands (11-12, 2-2 SCIAC) on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.