Whittier, Pomona-Pitzer Advance to Championship Final in Women's Water Polo

Whittier, Pomona-Pitzer Advance to Championship Final in Women's Water Polo

La Verne, Ca - Day two of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference started with Redlands defeating Caltech 14-4 in the consolation play-in game. Sami Walker had three goals for the Bulldogs while Courtney GrayKolby Kahahawai and Stefanie Goldbach chipped in with two goals each. 

The second contest of the day featured No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer against No. 3 La Verne for a spot in the championship final. The Sagehens took a 5-1 lead after the first quarter before the Leopards cut the lead to 8-5 at the half. Pomona-Pitzer played a defensive second half only allowing three goals in a 15-8 final win. Chessa Burke had three goals for the Sagehens while Natalie Hill chipped in with three assists. Morgan McCraken had two goals and three assists on the day for Pomona-Pitzer. La Verne was led by Jasmine Bustamante with three goals. 

Top seeded Whittier defeated Cal Lutheran 16-7 in the second semifinal of the day to earn a spot in the finals opposite Pomona-Pitzer. Jenel Rivera had four goals and three assists for the Poets, while Zyania Morales, Isabella Gorrocino and Lindsay Shoaf each contributed with three goals. Kristi McGee and Megan Seeman each had two goals for the Regals.  

CMS faced off against Occidental and game away with a 15-10 win in the fourth game of the day. The Athenas were led by Claire Baxter and Kaitlyn Eng who each had three goals and one helper. Carly Zurcher had three goals for the Tigers. 

Chapman and Redlands played a tight contest in the final matchup of the day as the Panthers defeated the Bulldogs 9-8. Chapman took a 4-2 lead at halftime before Rachel Nelson of Redlands tied the game with 36 seconds left with her fourth goal. Lindsey Campbell would score her fourth goal of the game with .05 seconds to win the game for the Panthers. 

The final day of the SCIAC women's water polo championships begins at 10:00 a.m. with the 7th place game between Redlands and Occidental. Chapman and CMS follow in the 5th place game at 11:45 a.m. La Verne and CLU will battle in the third place game at 1:15 before Whittier and Pomona-Pitzer play in the championship game at 3:00 p.m.  Whittier defeated Pomona-Pitzer 9-8 on March 25.