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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team saw their five-game conference winning streak come to a close Wednesday at the Slade Aquatic Center falling 11-7 to Cal Lutheran University.
It was a battle between two teams, each with a 6-1 SCIAC record looking to secure second place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings. But the Purple & Gold were unable to make a comeback falling in a tight one. They now drop 10-6, 6-2 SCIAC.
It was a slow start for Whittier getting blanked in the opening quarter 3-0. In the second they were able to get on the scoreboard with Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) and Teresa Marchetti (Messina, Italy) connecting that made it a three goal game at the break. Then out of the half it was all Purple & Gold over the opening six minutes outscoring CLU 3-0 with tallies from Bianca Vera, Marchetti, and Roni Ramirez (La Habra, Calif.) that tied things up at 5-5. But this run would stop as the Regals would manage to tack on two to end the third pushing the advantage back to two.
The Regals got two quick goals to start the 4th. Amelia Gregorio (Aventura, FL) was able to stop the run with a power play and Taylor Kleinert (Lodi, Calif.) responded later in the period. But turnovers down the stretch caused the comeback to fall short.
Whittier outshot Cal Lutheran 27-19 and was 2-for-7 on power plays. Tahlia Pou (Stockton, Calif.) got the start and finished with a save and three steals. Lauren Tapia (Whittier, Calif.) came in relief in the second half and added a save and a steal.
Marchetti led the Poets with two goals and three steals. Gonzalez added a goal with three steals and Sawyer Bellville (Chino, Calif.) added an assist with two picks.
Whittier has this weekend off from competition but will return to the pool next week, Wednesday, April 3 when they host the University of La Verne beginning at 7:00pm.