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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo teamed wrapped up the Claremont Convergence this weekend going undefeated with four victories, with the last two coming against Sonoma State and Concordia (Calif.).
Whittier has now won five in a row and improve to 7-5.
Game 1 (Sonoma State; W, 13-12)
The second day of the Convergence was no easy task but the Purple & Gold were able to edge Div. I Sonoma State. Isabella Gorrocino (East Los Angeles, Calif.) went off on the game totaling five goals on six shots.
Whittier and Sonoma State went back and forth with tallies in the first quarter but Gorrocino and Jenel Rivera (Whittier, Calif.) were able to put WC on top 3-2.
In the second the Seawolves tied things up with an even goal at the 5:54 mark. Lindsay Shoaff (Costa Mesa, Calif.) connected soon after capitalizing on a man-up but again SSU would come back to deadlock things again with 2:26 to play.
Over the final 2:10 the Poets didn't go away as they peltered the back of the goal with back to back to back connections from Gorrocino, Zyania Morales (Commerce, Calif.), and Arlin De La Mora (Commerce, Calif.) that gave the Poets a 7-4 lead at the break.
In the third, SSU was able to outscore Whittier 4-3 to pull within two at 10-8. Gorrocino added a quick goal in the fourth to stretch the lead back to three and then again at the 5:16 mark. But the Seawolves would go on a 3-1 run soon after that cut the deficit to one.
Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) would add the eventual game-winner with 2:28 to play coming on full strength and that proved enough as Whittier's defense would shut down Sonoma State, while holding on for the one goal victory.
Joining Gorrocino was De La Mora, Rivera, and Gonzalez with two goals a piece. Rivera also picked up three assists, three exclusions and a steal.
Katia Montoya (Riverside, Calif.) played between the posts and finished with three saves.
Game (Concordia; W, 14-13)
The final game of the Convergence proved tough again for the Purple & Gold but again managed to edge Concordia (Calif.) for the second time on the season. The first coming back on February 4 during the Whittier Mini-Tournament where the Poets won 16-13.
This time around the Eagles proved a tough task putting together a big second half but it wouldn't be enough to pull off the comeback.
Gorrocino put the first goal on the board at the 4:12 mark following a defensive stand in the early stages. Concordia would answer with back to back connections to go in front but Gorrocino would again come up big with another two tallies giving WC a slight 3-2 advantage.
In the second the Poets pulled away putting up six goals, while limiting the eagles to just three. Goals came from De La Mora, Gorrocino, Rivera, Hannah Ellett (Merced, Calif.), and Marina Daroca Bazan (Barcelona, Spain) that gave Whittier a 9-5 lead at halftime.
In the third, Concordia put together their comeback adding the first three out of intermission pulling them within one at 9-8. But De La Mora and Morales had other plans as they combined for three in a row that stretched the lead back to four. Under a minute to play in the frame and stretching into the beginning part of the fourth, CUI was able to add four in a row that deadlocked the game at 12-12 but under 3:00 to play, De La Mora and Gorricino took over adding two goals, with the second coming on a five-meter, which proved enough for the win despite the Eagles tacking on one more that pulled them within one.
Gorrocino finished with six goals on eight shots with De La Mora added four.
Caitlin Bronzan (Brentwood, Calif.) and Montoya both played and registered three saves total.
Whittier returns to the pool this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12 as they take part in the SDSU Invitational where they will take on Wagner (March 11 @ 10:30am), Indiana (March 11 @ 3:30pm), Bucknell (March 12 @ 11:45am), and San Jose State (March 12 @ 4:45pm).