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WHITTIER, Calif. – It was a busy Saturday for the Whittier College Women's Water Polo team as they took part in three games against Caltech, Azusa Pacific, and Brown University.
The Purple & Gold finished the day 1-2 with their lone win coming against Caltech (12-4). They improve now to 6-11, 4-3 SCIAC.
Game 1 (Caltech; W, 12-4)
The Poets opened up their day with a quick match-up with Caltech cruising to the 12-4 victory. Whittier shut the Beavers out 6-0 in the first quarter and led 6-1 at the break. Ana Alumbaugh (Honolulu, HI) recorded three of the connections and Jacqueline Au (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Kayanna Heffner (Bend, OR) added tallies giving WC a nice lead.
Seven goals were added in the third quarter with Whittier holding a slight 4-3 advantage, sparked by back-to-back goals from Au. Then in the fourth, Whittier added insurance with Au and Anaissa Paul (Chula Vista, Calif.) putting the game out of reach.
Whittier outshot Caltech 15-8 and was 3-for-8 on powerplay opportunities.
Noa Cravens (Laie, HI) played between the posts and totaled a save and four steals. Au led the offense tallying five goals, an assist and a steal. Alumbaugh added a hat trick as well along with two assists and three steals and Emma-Louise Romero (El Segundo, Calif.) chipped in with a goal and three steals.
Game 2 (Azusa Pacific; L, 15-11)
The Poets remained in the pool immediately after to take on the Cougars. After the first quarter the game was deadlocked at 4-4. All four of Whittier's goals came on powerplay connections, with three coming from Lindsay Shoaff (Costa Mesa, Calif.). In the second, WC poured on the offense going back-to-back-to-back from Shoaff and Marina Daroca Bazan (Barcelona, Spain) to open the game up 7-4. APU managed to get two back right afterwards but still trailed by one at the break 7-6.
Out of intermission Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) got into the mix with a nice tally from inside but soon after the cougars regained command with three unanswered to go on top by two. Whittier continued to fight though with Shoaff and Gonzalez registering goals that kept them within striking distance. In the fourth, Shoaff again found the back of the goal that cut the margin to one but right after it was all APU putting the game out of reach with three straight.
Cravens got the start in goal and finished with four saves and a steal. Field player Heffner then got into the mix playing between the posts for the first time in her career and she added a steal and a save in 8:21 minutes of action.
Whittier outshot APU 33-30 and was at a .500 clip on powerplays going 6-of-12.
Shoaff had a career day with seven goals. Gonzalez joined her with two and a steal and Daroca Bazan added a goal, two assists, and two steals.
Game 3 (Brown; L, 15-9)
The final game of the day Whittier matched up against Division I Brown. They stayed close in the first quarter with Shoaff and Kendyl Riley (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scoring to keep the margin at one. But after that it was all Brown as they would outscore WC 8-2 in the second stanza to grab a 11-4 at the half.
The Poets attempted a comeback in the second half outscoring Brown 3-2 in the third quarter, with all three coming on man-up opportunities, which included two coming from Daroca Bazan. But that's as close as WC would get as both teams would tack on two in the fourth quarter keeping the deficit at six.
Cravens once again got the start and added two saves and three steals. Daroca Bazan led the offense with three goals and two assists and Shoaff tacked on two goals along with Riley.
Whittier was outshot for the game 26-20 and was just 4-11 on power play opportunities. They also won all four sprints in the game.
Whittier returns to the pool tomorrow night, Monday, March 26 when they host the Virginia Military Institute beginning at 6:00pm.