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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team opened up the Claremont Convergence Friday as they swept the competition taking out St. Francis (N.Y.) 11-7 and Fresno Pacific 15-10 to improve back to .500 at 5-5 and move their winning streak to three games.
Game 1 (St. Francis (N.Y.); W, 11-7)
It was a low scoring first quarter as Whittier would hold a 2-0 lead following goals from Arlin De La Mora (Commerce, Calif.) and Isabella Gorrocino (East Los Angeles, Calif.), the first coming on a five-meter penalty.
The scoring barrage began in the second with a combined eight goals being added, four from each team that moved the score to 6-4 at the break. SFU would tie things up early in the second but Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) and Jenel Rivera (Whittier, Calif.) would go back to back that put the Purple & Gold back on top.
Rivera would come back soon after with her second of the game and Gorrocino would tack on another under a minute to play in the frame that kept the Poets out in front.
The defense picked back up in the third with Whittier holding St. Francis to just one goal, while adding three themselves from Gonzalez and Hannah Rodriguez (Riverside, Calif.). This would open the game up, before a pair from Zyania Morales (Commerce, Calif.) and Rivera would ice the game in the fourth.
Caitlin Bronzan (Brentwood, Calif.) played all 32:00 and finished with eight saves.
Game 2 (Fresno Pacific; W, 15-10)
The Poets continued to roll in the second game of the Convergence but it proved more difficult against the scholarship program Fresno Pacific. 10 goals were added in the first quarter as the game remained deadlocked at 5-5. Whittier got out in front again in the second outscoring the Firebirds 4-2 with strikes coming from Rivera, Morales (2), Gorrocino, and Gonzalez, which moved the score to 9-7.
In the third, WC held the slight edge again 3-2 this time getting goals from Hannah Ellett (Merced, Calif.), and Gonzalez (2) before putting the game out of reach outscoring FPU 3-1 in the final eight minutes sparked by a pair from Gonzalez.
Gonzalez finished the game with a career high seven goals on 11 shots. Morales added three with two steals and Rivera finished a goal, two assists and two steals.
Katia Montoya (Riverside, Calif.) earned the win playing 24:00, while collecting seven saves.
Whittier returns for the second day of the Convergence tomorrow, Saturday, March 4 as they take on Sonoma State (1:00pm) and Concordia (Calif.) (6:00pm).