CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's water polo team won the fourth quarter while mounting a comeback, but ultimately lost to Whittier, 10-7. Prior to the game, head coach Greg Lonzo and the team honored senior Nicole Orozco (CMC) in her final home game of her career.
The low-scoring first quarter was highlighted by a big save by Mariah Mastrodimos (SCR) when Whittier had a scoring opportunity with a player advantage.
The Athenas scored twice in the second quarter to tie up the game at 2-2. Tess van Hulsen (CMC) was the first Athena to score, drilling a shot into the back of the net from far out in a 6-on-5. Sophomore Jessica Gaffney (CMC) scored halfway through the second period but then the Poets went for three in a row for a halftime score of 5-2.
CMS held the Poets to no goals in the final eight minutes while scoring twice to narrow the margin to the final score of 10-7. Freshman Kaitlyn Eng (CMC) netted her only goal of the game in the chaos just after a 6-on-5 opportunity. Sophomore Claire Baxter (CMC) had an excellent field block in front of the cage and then sophomore Roxy Kiessling (CMC) scored the final goal with a backhand shot, assisted by sophomore Christine Hu (CMC).
The Athenas are now 6-16 overall, 3-3 in SCIAC play. The final two games of the regular season are at Chapman April 9 and at Pomona-Pitzer April 13.
By Emily Nordhoff
Sports Information Director
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