The men's water polo team was 3-0 at the SCIAC Championship Tournament over the weekend and earned enough points to claim the overall SCIAC title. The Stags had four points from their round-robin wins and earned nine points for winning the tournament.
CMS, the tournament's fourth seed, opened play at Pomona-Pitzer on Friday against fifth-seeded Occidental and won comfortably 15-8. The Stags gave themselves a shot at the title by defeating top-seeded Redlands 9-8 in the semifinals on Saturday. Redlands was knocked into the third-place game and could therefore only earn a maximum of 12 points (6 wins + 6 tournament points) which they ended up doing by beating third-seeded Pomona-Pitzer 10-9 (SD OT).
Heading into the championship game, a win would give the Stags the outright title and a loss would put them in a two-way tie for second with their opponent, Whittier. Whittier came out strong and led 2-1 after the first quarter and 3-2 at halftime. CMS controlled the second half and tied the game at four entering the final quarter. The Stags outscored the Poets 2-0 in the fourth quarter for the 6-4 win and their first SCIAC Championship since 1998.
CMS (16-12) will be the fourth seed at the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships this weekend. They will play the host, Santa Clara University, on Friday at 11:40 am.