ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Very few teams are fortunate enough to win even one championship. The Whittier College Women’s Water Polo won their second consecutive SCIAC title this past weekend, defeating the University of La Verne 17-12 on the afternoon of the 24th, finishing undefeated in SCIAC play.
Whittier fought their way through the quarter and semi finals by beating Occidental and Chapman, respectively. Oxy kept the game competitive, losing by five while the Panthers struggled to keep up with the Poets, with a final score of 17-9.
The final was a physical affair, with the Leopards getting a player ejected before halftime. The Poets would head into the break up by two at 8-6. The Poets put their foot on the accelerator in the second half, out-scoring La Verne by a score of 9-6. Senior attacker Angelica Hernandez and junior attacker Isabella Goriccino led the way for the Poets with four goals apiece.
“Being undefeated for this season is what motivated me,” Goriccino said. “It pushed me to work harder at practice, in the gym and in games. When a team is doing really well they automatically have targets on their back and they just want to see you lose. I wanted to prove them wrong and we did.”
“Being back to back champs feels like a dream,” said Hernandez. “I chose Whittier because it was close to home and saw an opportunity to play with some girls I played with growing up. I had no idea of the history of the schools water polo team, and being able to make school history with this team has been amazing.”
“We continued working hard and being confident like we have done all season long,” senior attacker Cynthia Castillo said about the team’s preparation for the tournament. “We had beaten every team but we still took it one game at a time and made sure we did better during the tournament.”
Whittier is waiting to hear from the NCAA as to where and when they will play next for the play-in game.