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April 14, 2012

Another OT Win Keeps Top-Ranked Sagehens Unbeaten In SCIAC

Claremont, Calif. – Senior Perri Hopkins (Agoura, Calif. - pictured) broke a 7-7 tie in the first overtime as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team remained undefeated in the SCIAC with a 9-7 overtime win over Cal Lutheran on Saturday morning at Haldeman Pool.

With the win, the Sagehens, ranked No. 1 in Division III, improve to 16-16 overall and 5-0 in the SCIAC, with three of the five wins coming in overtime (Occidental, La Verne and Cal Lutheran). Kelsey Bergemann also helped key the comeback with back-to-back fourth quarter goals to pull the Regals within 7-6 with 1:18 to play.

However, Hopkins scored her second goal of the game to end the drought with 2:29 to go in the first overtime, and freshman Chrissie Alving-Trinh (Fresno, Calif.) added an insurance goal with 2:04 to go in the second overtime to give the Sagehens some insurance.

Senior Annie Oxborough-Yankus (Walingford, Conn.) got Pomona-Pitzer started with two goals in the first half, the second of which came from long range to give the Sagehens a 4-3 lead with 4:23 to go in the first half. Freshman Alyssa Woodward (Riverside, Calif.) followed with a goal, and Hopkins scored with four seconds left in the half to stretch the lead to 6-3 going into the break.

(pictured is the Hopkins goal with four seconds left in the first half)

Oxborough-Yankus,  and Sarah Westcott (Menlo Park, Calif.) each had two goals for the Sagehens, while Bergemann, Messer, and Morgan McCardell each had two for Cal Lutheran.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next Saturday when it hosts CMS in its regular season home finale at 7 p.m.

WOMEN'S WATER POLO SCORING SUMMARY

Team  1       2       3       4       OT     F
CLU    2       1       1       3       0       7
PP      1       5       1       0       2       9

Qtr     Time  Player (School)                                 Score
1       4:09  Annie Oxborough-Yankus (PP)           0-1
1       2:50  Christina Messer (CLU)                      1-1
1       0:20  Kehau Ai (CLU)                                 1-2

2       7:27  Sarah Westcott (PP)                           2-2
2       6:23  Mahalia Prater-Fahey (PP)                 2-3
2       4:52  Morgan McCardell (CLU)                    3-3
2       4:27  Annie Oxborough-Yankus (PP)           3-4
2       3:38  Alyssa Woodward (PP)                      3-5
2       0:04  Perri Hopkins (PP)                            3-6

3       6:06  Sarah Westcott (PP)                           3-7
3       5:54  Morgan McCardell (CLU)                    4-7

4       3:39  Kelsey Bergemann (CLU)                   5-7
4       1:18  Kelsey Bergemann (CLU)                   6-7
4       0:10  Christina Messer (CLU)                      7-7 (5-meter)

OT1   2:29  Perri Hopkins (PP)                            8-7
OT2   2:04  Chrissie Alving-Trinh (PP)                  9-7