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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team opened up 2018 on Saturday during the Whittier Mini-Tournament going 2-1 beating Cal State Monterey Bay (10-9) and Redlands (14-8) before losing to China's National Team (22-6).
Game 1 (Cal State Monterey Bay, W, 10-9)
Game one was big for the Purple & Gold as they edged Division II Cal State Monterey Bay 10-9. The game was deadlocked at 1-1 before Whittier wrapped up the quarter with back-to-back strikes from Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) and Veronica Ramirez (La Habra, Calif.) to go on top 3-1.
Gonzalez and Hannah Rodriguez (Riverside, Calif.) combined for the first two goals in the second to extend the margin to four and Kaitlin Vera (Fullerton, Calif.) wrapped up the scoring in the first half capitalizing on a man-up opportunity.
With the score at 6-2, CSMB would find some offense in the third adding two to pull within a pair at 6-4. But over the final 4:00 Whittier would get three unanswered from Marina Daroca Bazan (Barcelona, Spain), Ramirez, and Gonzalez that moved the lead to five.
Over the final eight minutes the Sea Otters put together one final push outscoring the Poets 5-1, but the comeback would fall short as Whittier would hold on for the one goal victory.
Daroca Bazan and Gonzalez each finished with three goals and Ramirez added two.
Game 2 (Redlands, W, 14-8)
Game two was an exhibition with the "B" squads going against each other. Whittier jumped out in front quickly 5-1 after the first eight minutes led by Jacqueline Au (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) finding the back of the goal twice. Each team added two goals in the second quarter as Whittier led 7-3 at intermission.
In the third, WC continued to find the back of the net adding another three from Amelia Gregorio (Aventura, FL), Anaissa Paul (Chula Vista, Calif.), and Ramirez. This moved the score to 10-4 and from there they put the game out of reach outscoring the Bulldogs 4-2 over the final eight minutes with Gregorio and Ramirez each adding two apiece.
Game 3 (China, L, 22-6)
The final game of the tournament was a tough match-up for the Purple & Gold. They kept the game close over the first eight minutes trailing the Chinese National Team 4-3 with goals from Daroca Bazan, Vera, and Gonzalez.
In the second China started pulling away with four straight goals moving the score to 8-3. Daroca Bazan stopped the run at the 2:42 mark but WC still trailed by five at intermission.
In the third quarter Whittier was outscored 4-1 with their lone strike coming from Kendyl Riley (Huntington Beach, Calif.) then in the fourth, China put the game out of reach with another nine connections. Gonzalez and Ramirez each were able to add goals over the final eight minutes but it wasn't enough to top the National Team.
Whittier returns to the pool Wednesday, February 28 when they open up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play against Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 7:00pm.