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Pomona-Pitzer Falls to UC Irvine in NCAA Championship

Pomona-Pitzer Falls to UC Irvine in NCAA Championship

The Pomona-Pitzer women's water polo team fell to UC Irvine, 16-2 in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Championship Tournament Tuesday afternoon at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the campus of USC.

With the loss, Pomona-Pitzer concludes its season with an overall record of 22-11. UC Irvine advances to take on Stanford in the NCAA Tournament. 

UC Irvine scored three times in the opening period as Keana Eldridge found the back of the net at the 5:49 mark with an assist from Corinna Toledo. Megan Falcon extended the advantage to 2-0 just 1:37 later, before Allie Loomis (from Falcon) made it 3-0 after eight minutes of play. 

Eldridge netted her second of the contest early in the second quarter, before Pomona-Pitzer's Kyla Pickell fired in the Sagehens' first score of the game at the 5:33 mark to make it 4-1. Kahea Kahaulelio assisted on the score. 

UC Irvine responded with four more strikes in the stanza, as Isabel Rack, Tara Prentice (2), Loomis, and Toni Shackelford made it 9-1 at intermission. 

In the third period, a strike by Toledo at the 6:45 mark gave UC Irvine a 10-1 advantage, before a score by Loomis with 53 seconds left in the quarter made it 11-1. 

UC Irvine scored five more in the fourth as Julie Swieca, Prentice, Natalie Seidemann (2), and Shackelford to set the final score at 16-2. Pomona-Pitzer's Natalie Hill scored with an assist from Anna Yu at the 1:24 mark to close out the contest. 

Sagehens' goalie Morgan Stockham made six saves in the losing effort, while Haley Crabtree stopped two shots in defeat.