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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team picked up their first win of 2019 Friday as they split on Day 1 of the Claremont Convergence.
The Purple & Gold, who were shorthanded due to injuries and illness started the day off with a solid 12-8 win against Division I Siena College before coming back against Division II Cal State Monterey Bay only to fall 15-11.
Game 1 (Siena – W; 12-8)
It was a tight first quarter with WC holding the edge 4-3. Siena attacked first but saw Whittier's Jacqueline Au (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Marina Daroca Bazan (Barcelona, Spain) go back to back that put the Poets on top 2-1. The Saints however would rally with another two that swung the momentum. With under a 1:30 to play in the first period the Poets didn't go away as they continued to provide pressure this time with freshman Teresa Marchetti (Messina, Italy) connecting for a pair that gave WC a 4-3 advantage.
Siena tied things up to begin the second period but that would be the closest the saints would get as the Purple & Gold would rattle off the next four straight from Daroca Bazan, Sawyer Belville (Chino, Calif.), and Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) that put WC on top 7-4 at the break.
In the third, the Saints found the back of the goal twice to get within one at 7-6 but again Whittier had a response stretching the lead back to three following two strikes from Amelia Gregorio (Aventura, FL) and Marchetti. In the fourth, Siena mounted a furious comeback cutting the deficit to two with 5:17 to play but over the final 5:00 minutes it was all Whittier outscoring the Saints 3-1 with Gregorio and Bianca Vera (Los Angeles, Calif.) connecting that put the game out of reach.
Whittier was outshot 29-25 but was 4-of-9 on power plays. Lauren Tapia (Whittier, Calif.) got the start and added two saves and junior transfer Tahlia Pou (Stockton, Calif.) came in the second half and picked up the win adding 10 saves.
Game 2 (Cal State Monterey Bay – L, 15-11)
Whittier looked to follow up their solid upset win over Siena College in game two but ran into a tough Cal State Monterey Bay squad who was coming in with 11 games under their belt compared to the Poets four.
Whittier saw themselves leading 4-3 after the opening period but gave up a six goal second quarter that allowed CSMB to go into the break leading 9-6. The Poets outscored the Otters 3-2 in the third period but couldn't complete the comeback as CSMB would tack on another four over the final ten minutes to clinch the win. The closest Whittier got was late in the third where they tied things up at 9-9.
Whittier outshot the Otters 33-25 and was 3-for-6 on power plays. Pou started between the posts and added four saves and a steal. Goal scorers for the Poets included
Marchetti (3), Gonzalez (3), Belville (2), Roni Ramirez (La Habra, Calif.) (2), and Baroca Bazan (1).
Whittier returns for Day 2 of the Claremont Convergence tomorrow, Saturday, March 2 when they take on McKendree (11:30am) and St. Francis (N.Y.) (3:15pm).