Men's Water Polo

Poet comeback falls short in 10-9 loss to Sagehens

Poet comeback falls short in 10-9 loss to Sagehens

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team began their second go around of conference competition Saturday morning with a big road match-up with Pomona-Pitzer.

The Purple & Gold trailed by as many as five and wound up pulling within one late but couldn't complete the comeback as they fell 10-9 snapping their three game winning streak and ending their unblemished SCIAC record.

The Poets drop to 12-10, 8-1 SCIAC, while Pomona-Pitzer moves to 16-9, 7-1 SCIAC.

Whittier got off to a slow start getting outscored 5-1 in the opening period.  The lone goal coming on a 5-meter from Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.).  In the second, the Poets saw themselves trailing 6-1 before getting connections from Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden) and Marc Andre Roy (Montreal, Canada) to pull within 8-3 at the half.

In the third a mere two goals were added as the deficit remained at five.  But in the final quarter it was all Purple & Gold as they outscored the Sagehens 5-1 mounting a comeback that came down to the final possession. 

WC sparked their comeback run with 6:00 to play in the 3rd quarter as they scored six of the final seven goals.  Zdolsek started the run and added the final two of the game, while Cornelis Kriek (Pretoria, South Africa) would tack on two joined by Tim Aakhus (Bakersfield, Calif.).

Whittier outshot Pomona-Pitzer 33-30 but was 1-8 on power-play opportunities.  Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) played all 32:00 and finished with 11 saves and two steals.     

Whittier returns home this Wednesday, October 25 as they host Occidental College beginning at 7:00pm.