The 5C men’s water polo teams emerged from a hectic weekend of tournament play with a pair of big victories and two disappointing defeats apiece.
CMS’ (5-5, 2-0 SCIAC) conference opener Saturday turned into a 17-2 rout of Caltech and featured standout performances from several younger players.
The Stags (3-5, 0-0 SCIAC) beat Concordia 12-9 on Sept. 14 at La Verne’s Inland Empire Classic, then fell 21-9 to No. 1 USC. The following day, CMS came out on top 10-7 against Fresno Pacific, followed by a 15-4 loss to UC Santa Barbara.
The Athena water polo team (19-5, 7-7 SCIAC) lost its final game of the season 8-5 to Pomona-Pitzer (19-12, 14-0 SCIAC), and will not compete in the SCIAC tournament. CMS attempted to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, pulling within two goals with just over two minutes left, but
Celia Aldrete CM ’20 scored her career 100th goal on senior day as CMS women’s water polo (9-14, 7-6 SCIAC) dropped a 9-8 game to La Verne (10-13, 8-5 SCIAC) last weekend. Alex Szymczak SC ’22 led the team with three goals in the effort. Wednesday, the Athenas fell 9-2
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s water polo (9-12, 7-4 SCIAC) was on the winning side of two SCIAC matchups decided by one goal this week and is now riding a three-game win streak. The team defeated Caltech (2-15, 0-11 SCIAC) 17-6 Saturday, Chapman (9-14, 3-8 SCIAC) 9-8 Monday and Whittier (10-9, 6-5 SCIAC)
Amelia Ayala CM ’21 scored five goals, including four in the final quarter, to lead the Athena water polo team (6-12, 4-4 SCIAC) to a 10-9 comeback victory over Chapman last Saturday. The team then fell to Cal Lutheran 7-6 Wednesday. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps trailed by three going into the fourth quarter
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s water polo team (5-11, 3-3 SCIAC) played six games in the past two weeks, going 3-3 overall. The Athenas won three SCIAC games against Caltech, Redlands and Occidental, but dropped two to Whittier and La Verne. They also lost to Division I Brown. Amelia Ayala CM ’21
Defense led the way this week as the CMS women’s water polo team (4-8, 2-1 SCIAC) defeated SCIAC opponents Caltech and Redlands 13-6 and 7-6, respectively, but fell to Whittier 7-6. In the Redlands game, goalie Jessica Salaz SC ’22 racked up eight saves, including a crucial block on a