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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team for the second time on the season proved a tough match-up for the top ranked Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens falling 15-10 at Haldeman Pool.
The Sagehens opened up the scoring in the first period :44 seconds in coming on a power-play but saw sophomore attacker Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.) come back with two of his own connections to put WC on top 2-1 with 4:41 to play.
From that point neither team was able to pull away or create a significant run as the defensive units stood strong. At the 1:23 mark in the period, Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden) managed to find the back of the goal converting a man-up opportunity and then with the final seconds ticking down in the period, Kalani Fouts (Capitola, Calif.) was able to provide the go-ahead strike as Whittier led 4-3.
Pomona-Pitzer tied things up on their first possession of the second quarter but gave up the lead again as freshman Ricardo Reyes Jr. (Commerce, Calif.) would connect moving the score to 5-3. But with 1:17 to play the Sagehens were able to tie things up again as Ben Sasaki would add a power-play goal to send the game into the break all knotted up at 5-5.
Pomona-Pitzer jumped in front out of the break with Sasaki connecting but Reyes Jr. would counter on Whittier's next possession getting fed by Paul Pittion (Aix en Provenca, France). After an Adam Ward strike at the 6:23 mark for the Sagehens, Zdolsek took over adding the next two tallies that put WC back on top by one.
But with five minutes remaining in the frame it was all PP as they would outscore the Poets 4-1 to cap off a six goal period moving the score to 11-9.
In the final eight minutes, Whittier attempted a comeback with Eric Borunda (Whittier, Calif.) finding the back of the goal but that one connection wouldn't be enough as the Sagehens would provide the insurance from Ward, Dylan Elliot, and Gorcey-Biblowitz that put the game out of reach.
Whittier outshot Pomona-Pitzer 31-29 and was 4-for-6 on power plays. Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) played all 32:00 minutes and finished with nine saves and a steal.
Whittier remains on the road this Wednesday, November 7 as they take on Occidental College beginning at 4:00pm.