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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team completed the regular season sweep over Pomona-Pitzer Saturday edging the Sagehens 7-5.
The Purple & Gold have now won five of their last six and improve to 15-12, 11-1 SCIAC. They also hold firm to the No. 1 slot within the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings.
It was a slow start for the Poets finding themselves in an early 3-0 hole over the first six minutes as Dylan Elliott would complete the hat trick. The run though would end at the 1:34 mark with Cornelis Kriek (Pretoria, South Africa) converting inside set that moved the score to 3-1.
Eric Borunda (Whittier, Calif.) pulled Whittier within one as he connected with an even goal two minutes into the 2nd quarter. Pomona-Pitzer though was able to respond with Joseph Schafer moving the deficit back to two with an unassisted tally. With time running down in the first half Whittier would tack on another this time from Ricardo Reyes Jr. (Commerce, Calif.) who was fed from Maxwell Murphy (Orinda, Calif.). This gave WC momentum into the break and they would carry it with them into the second half holding the high-powered offense of the Sagehens to just one goal over the final 16:00 minutes.
The only goal for the Sagehens came on their second possession in the 3rd Quarter from Keegan Coleman. But after that they would get shutout, while watching the Poets add goals from Dominick Nevarez (Norwalk, Calif.) and Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.) that tied things up at 5-5.
Over the final 8:00 minutes Whittier locked it up defensively holding PP scoreless, while adding the eventual game-winning goals from Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden) and Nevarez. Both coming with under 4:00 minutes to play in the game.
Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) was big between the posts finishing with 15 stops and a steal.
Whittier was outshot on the game 32-30 and was 0-for-10 on power plays. Nevarez led the offense with two goals, an assist and a pair of steals. Reyes Jr. and Zdolsek each added a goal, and an assist with Zdolsek also tallying two picks.
Whittier enters their final week of regular season competition. They travel to Chapman University this Wednesday, November 13 (7:00pm) and then host Occidental College this Saturday, November 16 (11:00am).