Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo Falls to Pacific in NCAA Championship

Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo Falls to Pacific in NCAA Championship

The Pomona-Pitzer men's water polo team fell to Pacific, 16-2 in Saturday's NCAA Championship First Round contest at the Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton, Calif.

With the loss, Pomona-Pitzer completes its season with an overall record of 24-11, while Pacific (20-5) will take on UC Davis in NCAA Quarterfinals. 

Trailing 4-0 late in the second period, Pomona-Pitzer netted its first goal as Joseph Schafer found the back of the cage following an assist from Zach Senator with 1:55 to play in the first half. A goal by Pacific with 55 seconds on the clock gave the Tigers a 5-1 lead at intermission. 

In the third quarter, Pacific pulled away, scoring six goals to stake an 11-1 advantage with less than a minute to play in the frame. Keegan Coleman netted the Sagehens' final tally of the 2017 campaign with an assist from Noah Sasaki to make it 11-2. 

From there, Pacific fired in five fourth quarter goals to set the final score at 16-2. Pomona-Pitzer goalkeeper Daniel Diemer notched 11 save in 26:24 between the posts and added three steals. His Tigers' counterpart Alen Osmanovic made 10 stops and registered two steals in 26:24 of action. 

Pomona-Pitzer entered its second straight NCAA Championship following a 13-1 ledger in SCIAC action which resulted in the top seed and the squad's second-straight conference tournament title.