Tigers Rout Pomona-Pitzer, Fall To No. 6 LMU

Sophomore Elise Martin - Photo by Erin Adair
Sophomore Elise Martin - Photo by Erin Adair

Los Angeles, Calif. – The Pacific women's water polo team split a pair of games in its second day as the Loyola Marymount Invitational at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center. The Tigers cruised by Pomona-Pitzer, 11-4, in their first game before falling to host No. 6 Loyola Marymount, 15-7, in their second game.

In its first game, Pacific (9-8) held Pomona-Pitzer to two goals through three quarters en route to a convincing 11-4 win over the Sagehens.

Six Tigers scored at least one goal, led by sophomore Elise Martin's hat trick. Senior Kim Kay, sophomore Rebecca Wright, and freshman Kelsey Carter added two goals apiece.

Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton manned the cage for Pacific, recording 11 saves.

Pomona-Pitzer (8-12) opened the scoring with a goal at the 5:44 mark, but its lead would be short-lived as Wright notched her first score of the game 20 seconds later to tie the match. Wright finished for a second time with just 14 seconds left in the frame, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead at the end of one.

Pacific continued its run early in the second quarter, as Kay scored less than 15 seconds into the period. Freshman Taylor Adair scored the Tigers' fourth straight goal at the 4:12 mark, putting Pacific up by three, 4-1. The Sagehens were shut out for the quarter as the Tigers took their three-goal advantage into halftime.

Pomona-Pitzer ended its near-15 minute drought with an advantage goal at the 6:49 mark of the third quarter, their first goal since early in the opening period. The goal ended the Tigers' 4-0 run, but Kay's second score of the match triggered an even more impressive streak as Pacific scored five goals in the third quarter. Martin scored back-to-back goals before Carter found the back of the cage at the 3:40 mark. Martin got her hat trick with 1:40 left, spotting Pacific a 9-2 lead with one quarter left to play.

The Tigers maintained their offensive momentum in the fourth quarter as sophomore Malena Prlain scored just 30 seconds in the period, putting Pacific up by eight, 10-2. Freshman Taylor Adair gave the Tigers their largest lead of the game on a power-play goal at the 4:57 mark, giving Pacific an 11-2 lead. Two late goals from Pomona-Pitzer resulted in the final margin.

Pomona-Pitzer was led by Vicky Gyorffy's two goals.

In their second game, the Tigers hung with host No. 6 Loyola Marymount for the first two quarters before falling, 15-7.

Prlain and Adair led Pacific with two goals apiece. Relton blocked 10 shots in a complete-game effort.

Loyola Marymount (11-7) got on the scoreboard just 30 seconds into the first quarter, but Martin's first goal of the match came at the 4:37 mark, knotting the score at 1-1. LMU answered with consecutive goals to go up by two, 3-1, with three minutes left in the period before Prlain found the back of the cage at the 1:48 mark to bring Pacific back to within one, 3-2.

LMU regained its two-goal lead on a goal at the 5:15 mark of the second quarter before taking a three-goal advantage on its next possession. The Tigers pulled back to within two, 5-3, when Prlain converted a penalty shot, but the Lions responded with a score to go back up by three. Adair tallied her first goal of the game with one minute left in the half, cutting LMU's lead to two, 6-4, heading into intermission.

The third quarter saw the Lions tally two straight goals to go on top by four, 8-4, with 6:20 left before Adair scored her second goal of the match at the 5:11 mark, bringing the Tigers back to within three, 8-5. LMU would close the quarter with two more goals to take a 10-5 lead into the final frame.

Freshman Kelsey Carter beat the Lions' goalkeeper for her first goal at the 7:33 mark, but the Lions would rip off four consecutive goals to take a comfortable 14-6 lead with 1:29 left in the match. Freshman Brydie Pye stopped LMU's run with a score at the 1:13 mark before the Lions scored for a final time with just 46 seconds left.

LMU's Kimberly Benedetti scored a game-high five goals, while Alexandra Honny added a hat trick. Goalkeeper Elise Ponce registered eight saves.

The Tigers continue their Southern California road trip with a pair of games in San Diego tomorrow as part of the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State. Pacific will face Wagner at 10:30 am before taking on No. 18 Princeton at 2:15 pm. 

Game One – Pacific 11, Pomona-Pitzer 4
Pacific 2 – 2 – 5 – 1 –– 11
Pomona-Pitzer 1 – 0 – 1 – 2 –– 4 

Pacific – Martin 3, Carter 2, Kay 2, Wright 2, Adair, Prlain
Pomona-Pitzer – Gyorffy 2, Prater-Fahey, Woodward 

Goalkeeper Saves
Pacific – Relton 11 

Game Two – No. 6 Loyola Marymount 15, Pacific 7
Pacific 2 – 2 – 1 – 2 –– 7
Loyola Marymount 3 – 3 – 4 – 5 –– 15

Pacific – Adair 2, Prlain 2, Carter, Martin, Pye
Loyola Marymount – Benedetti 5, Honny 3, Flacks 2, Manke 2, Delgado, Lopez, Morelos 

Goalkeeper Saves
Pacific – Relton 10
Loyola Marymount – Ponce 8