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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team let a number of opportunities slip away late Wednesday night in a 10-9 loss to Claremont-M-S.
The Purple & Gold have now dropped five straight and move to 10-9, 6-5 SCIAC. They have now also dropped their second straight one-goal decision.
It was a defensive battle early with a combined three goals being scored. CMS attacked first on their opening possession but saw Whittier respond with back to back connections from Teresa Marchetti (Messina, Italy) and Sawyer Bellville (Chino, Calif.). Five minutes into the second quarter Whittier added another this time from Taylor Kleinert (Lodi, Calif.) to push the lead to 3-1 but after that CMS put together three unanswered with a pair coming from Alex Szymczak.
Marchetti stopped the run with a feed from Roni Martinez (La Habra, Calif.) with 1:35 to play in the half but on the very next possession CMS was able to connect pushing their lead to 5-4 at the break. Out of the half Whittier got off to a hot start with a power-play connection from Bellville and a 5-meter from Marchetti that put WC back on top 6-5. Jacqueline Au (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished inside set off a nice feed from Marchetti three minutes later that pushed the advantage back to one. But over the final 4:27 the Athenas outscored the Poets 3-1 that gave them a 9-8 lead heading into the fourth.
The Purple & Gold had their opportunities in the fourth with three straight 6-on-5's and a drawn 5-meter but they couldn't convert on any of them. At the 7:10 mark, CMS extended the lead to two. The Poets had their chances late as well with a couple breakaways and some nice looks from Marchetti and Bellville. But again Whittier wouldn't convert being held scoreless until the 2:34 mark when Marchetti added a power play goal that made it a one goal game. WC had a chance late on their final possession but their play out of the timeout did not come to fruition as their final shot would get stopped by Veronica Show.
Whittier outshot Claremont-M-S 30-17. They were also 3-for-9 on power-plays and were 1-for-2 on 5-meters. Marchetti finished with four goals and a pair of assists. Bellville added two strikes and Ramirez registered three assists and a steal.
Whittier looks to break their slump this Saturday, April 13 when they travel to take on Occidental College beginning at 11:00am.