CLAREMONT, Calif. – Last Saturday's upset loss to Occidental is now in the rear-view mirror for the Poets as the Whittier College men's water polo team knocked off No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer, 6-5, on Wednesday evening.
The Poets (10-11, 1-1 SCIAC) never trailed and held the nationally ranked Sagehens scoreless in each the first and fourth quarters.
Wes Paulson started the scoring for the purple and gold with a backhand scoring strike at 6:05 of the first frame. He added his second goal of the afternoon at the 2:30 mark of the first.
Pomona-Pitzer, who is ranked No. 17 in the Varsity Top 20, cut its deficit in half with its first goal of the game at 7:19 of the second quarter.
Lincoln Haley took advantage of the extra-man opportunity at 4:31 to push the Poets' lead to 3-1. Back-to-back goals by the Sagehens evened the score at 3-3 but Erick Gonzalez made good on his only goal of the game just 1:16 before the intermission.
Gonzalez's goal came after the Poets drew an ejection.
Whittier pushed its lead to two goals at 5-3 after Will Jackson opened the second half with a goal, however, Pomona-Pitzer scored third quarter goals at 6:08 and 4:22 to tie the game heading into the final eight minutes.
Only one goal was scored in the final frame and Rilesh Desai had the honors. He recorded the game winner at 5:20 of the fourth.
Chad Evenrud made 19 saves in the win which includes one in a man-down situation.
The Poets will have little rest as it travels back to Claremont, Calif., on Saturday morning to face No. 4 Claremont-M-S at 10 am.