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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team claimed the No. 2 seed in the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) inaugural Post Season Tournament.
They are set to host No. 3 Chapman University this Friday, November 17 at the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center beginning at 7:00pm. The other semi-final game consists of No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer and No. 4 Claremont-M-S. The tournament final will be played on the campus of the highest remaining seed.
The Purple & Gold currently hold a two game winning streak beating Chapman and Cal Lutheran to round out their regular season where they posted a 16-11, 12-2 SCIAC record. They are also a perfect 8-0 at home and are also 2-0 against the Panthers on the season.
$10 General Admission (12 and older)
$5 Seniors (55 and older) and members of the Military
* Students that are members of SCIAC institutions get in free with valid student ID *
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October 4 – vs. Chapman University (W, 13-12)
November 4 – at Chapman University (W, 12-9)
Against all four teams in the post season, Whittier is 4-2 against the Sagehens, Stags, and Panthers.
A Look at the Field
Pomona-Pitzer enters the SCIAC postseason having won five straight games, including an 8-4 win over Chapman, and a 16-6 victory over Caltech on the final day of the regular season. Against the Panthers, Adam Ward and Jacob Niskey fired in two goals each, while Riley Mangan, Zach Senator, Dylan Eliott and Adam Gross scored one goal each. Daniel Diemer turned away nine shots in the winning effort to help seal the Sagehens' top seed in the tournament. Pomona-Pitzer's lone conference loss of the regular season came at the hands of Whittier on Sept. 20, as the Poets edged the Sagehens, 7-6 in overtime.
Whittier has won five of its last six games entering the 2017 SCIAC Tournament. After falling to Redlands, 10-8 on Nov. 4, the Poets defeated Chapman, 12-9 and Cal Lutheran, 11-10 in overtime to close out the regular season and secure the second seed in the tournament. Against the Kingsmen, Hans Zdolsek scored three goals, including two in the overtime period to help Whittier clinch a tournament home game. Tim Aakhus also scored three goals, while Carlos Heredia Viteri found the back of the net four times to help seal the win over Cal Lutheran. Murat Ersoz made 14 saves in goal. Whittier's only other conference loss was a 10-9 setback to Pomona-Pitzer on Oct. 21. Zdolsek and Heredia Viteri have both been named SCIAC Athlete of the Week throughout the season.
Chapman takes to the water as the third seed and is 2-2 in its last four contests. The Panthers defeated Cal Lutheran, 8-7 (Nov. 1) and Caltech, 18-9 (Nov. 8), while falling to Whittier, 12-9 (Nov. 4) and Pomona-Pitzer, 8-4 (Nov. 11) during that stretch. Against the Poets, Brady Hoskins led Chapman with three goals, while Hayden Reider added a pair of scores. Cameron Genetti, Hunter Ramaekers, Jeff O'Brien, and Kevin Dayan added one goal each, while Wesley Hertel made 11 saves between the posts. The Panthers enter conference tournament play after posting a 10-4 mark against SCIAC competition during the regular season.
After losing four of its final five games in the month of October, CMS won its next four contests to close out the regular season and clinch the fourth seed in the SCIAC Tournament with a 9-5 record in SCIAC play. The Stags downed Occidental, 15-11, La Verne, 12-7, Redlands, 11-8, and Cal Lutheran, 10-5 to secure its playoff appearance against their Sixth Street rival Pomona-Pitzer. In the regular season finale against the Kingsmen, the Stags were led by Zack Rossman who fired in three goals, while Noah Deer and CJ Box scored two each. Robert Driscoll, Charlie Thomson and Barron Banta added a goal each to help seal the win. In goal, Ethan Lewis made 10 saves.