Women’s Water Polo makes waves at tournament

Arturo Muñoz

ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

Women’s Water Polo has made quite a splash in their season this year, as they currently hold a record of 6 – 4. The Poets started off slowly, as they fell to two upper division teams. The first game was against Concordia University Irvine, a Division II team; the Poets lost 15 – 6. The second game was played against the University of California Irvine, where the Poets lost to the Division I school 22 – 6.

 It was not until the Claremont Convergence Tournament that tides started to turn for the Poets. Day one of the tournament saw the Poets earn a hard-fought win over the Siena College Saints, 12 – 8.  The Poets outscored their opponents in almost every quarter. The second game of the tournament, however, did not go their way. The Poets played the California State University Monterey Bay Otters, and were unable to recover after letting six goals get past them in the second quarter. 

On day two of the tournament, the Poets were able to turn the beginning of the season back around. The Poets played two games against tough competition and were able to win both. The first game was against the Mckendree University Bearcats. The Poets flew past them with ease as they kept the Bearcats to one goal in each of the last two quarters of the game, winning with a score of 13 – 7. The Poets’ second game of the day was against the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers; the Poets seemed in control of the game, as they were able to score in every quarter holding the Terriers to no goals in the first quarter, and they were able to keep the lead all throughout the game. 

The Poets’ final game of the preseason was quite an exciting one to watch, as Whittier faced a top Division I school, the Villanova Wildcats — also known as  “Nova.” The Poets played an impressive game against Nova, who had played against many top teams around the country. Whittier was able to hold Nova to no goals in both the first and third quarters of the game, and they were able to a  extend their lead, scoring three in each of those quarters. The Poets’ hard-fought defense helped them outscore their opponents 13 – 7, giving the Poets one of their biggest wins of the season. 

The Poets moved on to league play in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) after the spectacular win against Villanova. Their first opponent was the La Verne Leopards. The Poets carried on their defensive momentum, as they held the Leopards to under three goals each quarter; Whittier won 12 – 8. The Poets were able to extend their winning streak to four games after playing against top teams of the country, as well as start off with a win in SCIAC, giving the Poets a good jump start to the season. 

Whittier’s hot streak came to an end as they fell to Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens in SCIAC play. The Poets started off strong in the second half, as they were able to hold Pomona to just two goals, one being scored in each quarter of the first half. Pomona was able to fight off the Poets’ great defense in the third quarter as Pomona put four goals passed Whittier. Then, they were able to hold Whittier to no goals in the final quarter of the game. The Poets ended the game losing 8 – 5. Whittier then played Caltech Beavers, where they blew out the Beavers 19 – 3, showing a great defensive performance as well as some great offence on the other end. The Poets moved to a record of 2 – 1 in league play.   

The Poets’ next game is an away game against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. The Poets’ next home game will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, where they will face the visiting Occidental Tigers, which will make for an intense rivalry game.