The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team lost 19-18 to the Bulldogs of the University of Redlands in the 3rd place game of the SCIAC tournament on Sunday, Nov. 20.
This is the first time in three years that the Poets did not name an appearance in the championship game and the second time in two years they will not bring home a title.
After beating the panthers of Chapman University 12-9 in the first round of the tournament, the Poets would be went on to lose 19-9 in the semi-finals to the Stags of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. This was the second time in a row that the Stags kept the Poets from obtaining a conference title.
The Poets maintained a six-goal lead early in the fourth quarter, with the Bulldogs trailing 15-9 with 5 minutes and 12 seconds remaining in the game. Scoring seven goals in the first quarter, two in the second, three in the third, and four in the fourth, the Poets remained ahead of the Bulldogs the entire game until the final quarter.
The Bulldogs forced the game into overtime after tying it up 16-16 with ten seconds remaining.
Consisting of two 3-minute periods, the Poets finished the first overtime period, leading the Bulldogs 18-17. Going scoreless in the second period, the Poets then ended the game losing 9-18 to the Bulldogs.
The Poets entered the tournament ranked second in SCIAC with a 7-2 conference record and an 18-11 record overall.
Despite losing their final two games of the season, the Poets were able to maintain their second-place standing and finish the season 8-3 in conference and 19-13 overall.