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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team opened up the Claremont Convergence Friday but came away with two losses as they fell 13-7 to St. Francis (PA) and 10-7 to Sonoma State.
Game 1 (St. Francis (PA) – L, 13-7)
Whittier trailed throughout game one and despite outscoring the Red Flash over the final eight minutes it wouldn't be enough. Hannah Rodriguez (Riverside, Calif.) scored the Poets lone goal in the first quarter coming at the 6:08 mark that deadlocked the game. SFU then rattled off three straight that spanned into the second quarter that moved the score to 4-1.
Rodriguez and Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) combined with back-to-back tallies to stop the run that cut the deficit to one. But over the final 4:00 of the frame SFU would add another three that extended the lead back to five at the break.
Whittier was again held to just one goal in the third quarter, this time coming from Bianca Vera (Los Angeles, Calif.). SFU was able to tack on another three in the quarter that moved the score to 11-4. Then in the fourth, Whittier was able to outscore St. Francis 3-2 with goals coming from Amelia Gregorio (Aventura, FL), Lindsay Shoaff (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Rodriguez. But the comeback wouldn't be enough as the Red Flash would hold on for the six goal victory.
Whittier outshot St. Francis 29-19 but the difference in the game came in powerplays, where the Purple & Gold were a mere 1-10.
In goal Noa Cravens (Laie, HI) finished with four saves and eight steals in 32:00 minutes of action.
Game 2 (Sonoma State – L, 10-7)
The second game of the Convergence was a battle between the Poets and Seawolves. Sonoma State jumped out on top 2-0 before seeing the Poets add two of the next three from Rodriguez that made it a one possession game.
SSU was able to counter with another two that stretched the lead but again the Poets were able to bounce back this time as Gonzalez would connect under a minute to play in the first quarter that made the score 5-3.
In the second, Whittier shutout the Seawolves and were able to tack on two of their own from Gonzalez and Veronica Ramirez (La Habra, Calif.) that deadlocked the game at the break. Then in the third, the offense again came to the forefront with a combined five tallies being added. SSU added the first two of the frame and Ramirez and Shoaff would go back-to-back to tie things up both converting on power-plays.
The Seawolves managed to hold a one goal lead going into the fourth after a last second shot to end the third. But that goal wouldn't prove the difference as Sonoma State would shutout the Purple & Gold over the final eight minutes, while adding two insurance strikes that allowed them to escape with the three goal victory.
Cravens played all 32:00 and added five saves and a team high 10 steals.
Whittier (1-5, 0-1 SCIAC) wraps up the Claremont Convergence today, Saturday, March 3 as they take on Cal State Monterey Bay (10:20am) and UC San Diego (3:40pm). Both games will be played at Axelrood Pool on the campus of Claremont-M-S.