Chapman men’s water polo won its second and third straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) game, and eighth and ninth game overall, against Pomona-Pitzer, 11-5, and Redlands. 10-6.
Chapman (12-7, 3-0), who had not beaten Pomona since 2009, is now in a three way tie for first in SCIAC with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (7-12, 3-0) and Whittier (13-12, 3-0).
“(Against Redlands) our coach just told us to go out there and play our style of water polo and we would have a good game,” said senior utility player Jake Gross.
At the start of the first quarter, Chapman fell behind 3-1, but came back with goals by senior driver Dor Apffel, senior driver Mark Alvarado and Gross, giving Chapman a 4-3 lead at the end of the quarter.
“In the beginning we struggled a little,” said senior driver Chase Middlesworth. “I’m not sure what was wrong but we weren’t doing that well and then we had to fight to get the win that should have been easy for us.”
With six minutes remaining in the second half, Redlands tied the score at 4-4. Chapman then retook the lead with goals by junior utility player Willis Allen and sophomore two-meter defense Wilson Parnell. At halftime, the score was 6-5.
In the third quarter, goals by freshman two-meter defense Jeff O’Brien and freshman two-meter defense and driver Justin Moh allowed Chapman to maintain its lead, ending the quarter with a score of 8-6.
Chapman defended its goal well in the fourth quarter, not allowing Redlands to score any goals. Meanwhile, O’Brien scored two more goals, giving Chapman the 10-6 victory.
“I felt we played well (against Pomona). We had a slow start, but we always play better in the second half,” Alvarado said. “Also, we had never beat Pomona before, since I’ve been here, so that was a great accomplishment.”
Chapman scored first against Pomona (5-13, 1-1). Apffel scored a goal less than a minute into the game. By the end of the quarter, Chapman held a 3-2 lead, with all three goals scored by Apffel.
O’Brien scored Chapman’s only goal of the second quarter. Chapman went to halftime with a 4-3 lead over Pomona.
Chapman doubled its score during the third quarter. A goal from O’Brien, senior utility player Drew Moyer and two by Alvarado brought the score at the end of the quarter to 8-3.
“It felt good,” Alvarado said. “We had just started to score more points. We were just putting away opportunities and the goals gave us more of a cushion.”
Chapman had a huge loss in the third quarter, when junior utility player Willis Allen was ejected from the game due to a major foul.
Pomona came back to score two goals in the fourth quarter, but Chapman also scored three goals in the quarter. Alvarado and O’Brien each scored their third goal of the game.
Chapman plays at Occidental Wednesday Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., and La Verne (7-11,1-1) and Orange Coast College (13-8) Saturday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.