The top-seeded Pomona-Pitzer women's water polo team earned an 8-2 victory over second-seeded Cal Lutheran in the 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship Tournament title game Sunday afternoon at Haldeman Pool in Claremont, Calif.
With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 22-10 overall and earns the SCIAC automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship. Cal Lutheran concludes its season 21-9 overall.
In the opening period, Morgan McCracken netted the game's first goal with 4:29 left in the frame to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead. With just under a minute to play in the first quarter, Nohea Kahaulelio doubled the hosts' lead to 2-0 following a feed from Janelle Lewis to make it 2-0.
Cal Lutheran halved its deficit late in the second quarter when Victoria Meek Rose found the back of the cage with 2:10 to play to make it 2-1. Kahea Kahaulelio extended Pomona-Pitzer's lead back to two goals after receiving a pass from Nohea to make it 3-1 at halftime.
The Sagehens pulled away in the third frame as Jocelyn Castro, and Lewis notched backt-to-back goals to make it 5-1 with 1:48 to play. Mackenzie Thomas fired in a goal for the Regals to set the score at 5-2 with 1:13 left in the third, but Anna Yu gave Pomona-Pitzer a 6-2 advantage heading into the final quarter. Colleen Woo provided two assists for the Sagehens in the third session.
In the fourth quarter, Kyla Pickell - the SCIAC Tournament MVP - fired in a pair of goals to help seal the 8-2 victory for Pomona-Pitzer.
In goal, Morgan Stockham made five saves and registered three steals for the Sagehens, while Haley Crabtree made seven stops to help preserve the win. Cal Lutheran's net-minder Bailey Meyer turned away five shots and made three steals in the losing effort.