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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team wrapped up the Claremont Convergence sweeping the competition Saturday beating McKendree (13-7) and St. Francis (NY) (12-8).
The Purple & Gold are now 3-3 and have now won three of their last four.
Game 1 (McKendree – W, 13-7)
Whittier bounced back after their tough loss to Cal State Monterey Bay yesterday with a convincing victory over McKendree to start off Day 2 action.
It was a high scoring first quarter with a combined 12 goals being scored, seven of which came from the Poets as they led 7-5. During the high scoring quarter, Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) scored three times and was joined by Jacqueline Au (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Marina Daroca Bazan (Barcelona, Spain) who each put up two tallies.
In the second period the defense stood tough on both sides with nobody finding the back of the goal, keeping it a two-goal differential at the break.
Out of the half, Whittier pulled away outscoring McKendree 3-1 thanks to Gonzalez, Au, and Taylor Kleinert (Lodi, Calif.). They kept the run going into the fourth scoring the first three goals from Amelia Gregorio (Aventura, FL) and Bianca Vera (Los Angeles, Calif.). This made it five straight tallies and that would be enough to pull off the win.
Whittier was outshot 28-26 and was 2-for-6 on power plays. Tahlia Pou (Stockton, Calif.) got the start and finished with seven saves and a steal. Gonzalez led the offense with four goals, while Au added three goals and two picks.
Game 2 (St. Francis (N.Y.) – W, 12-8)
The Poets ended the Convergence with a solid win over St. Francis (NY) 12-8 to finish the two day tournament 3-1. The Purple & Gold came out hot in the first quarter outscoring the Terriers 3-0 with goals from Teresa Marchetti (Messina, Italy), Daroca Bazan, and Roni Ramirez (La Habra, Calif.).
In the second quarter though the Terriers came out firing off five goals to cut the deficit to one at the half. During the period, Whittier added another three strikes led by a pair from Daroca Bazan. Out of the break, Ramirez added another two to her total that kept WC in front. Bellville tacked on a power-play connection and Gonzalez ended the quarter with another power play goal giving Whittier a 10-7 lead.
Over the final 10:00 minutes, Whittier gave up just one goal to St. Francis, while tacking on another two insurance goals from Marchetti, which included a 5-meter.
Pou played all 32:00 minutes and finished with 10 saves. Whittier was outshot 32-21 on the game but was 10-for-13 on power play opportunities. Marchetti finished with four goals to lead the offense and Ramirez and Daroca Bazan each added three a piece.
Whittier remains in non-conference play this Monday, March 4 when they host Division I Villanova University beginning at 5:00pm.