Chapman’s women’s water polo team closed out the regular season on a six-game losing streak, falling earlier this week to Pomona-Pitzer on the road 14-7, before hosting Whittier in the regular season finale and losing 10-4.
The six-game skid dropped Chapman (9-22, 2-6) to seventh place in the SCIAC (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) standings heading into the conference tournament.
Although the regular season did not end well, the Panthers are still confident they could turn their season around in the tournament.
“We’ve been contending with all of the top teams in the league. We lost to Claremont in double overtime and stayed close with Whittier and Pomona in the first halves. Now that we’ve seen them play, I definitely think we can do well in the SCIAC tournament,” said freshman defender Emily Fong.
In their first game of the week, the Panthers traveled to take on second-place Pomona-Pitzer (19-13, 6-1) Wednesday. Chapman played well in the first half, before getting outscored in the second half 8-3.
“We need to improve on just keeping up our energy and intensity throughout the whole game,” Fong said. “We have good halves, but there’s always one quarter that we lose it and fall behind.”
Fong scored two goals in the defeat, while sophomore driver Miranda Estrella also added two goals.
Chapman hosted third-place Whittier (20-15, 6-2) on Senior Day Saturday. Chapman’s lone senior, driver Allison Harf was honored before her final career home game.
“It always feels great to play in this pool. It also felt sad because I realized it would be the last time I would play in the Chapman pool,” Harf said.
Harf scored a goal in her final regular season game, although it was not enough, as Chapman’s offense struggled in the 10-4 defeat.
Junior utility Riley Ford, who leads the team in goals with 39, added to her total by scoring a goal in the second quarter.
“We played as a team today. We struggled to score, but worked well, keeping a positive attitude throughout the game,” Ford said.
Chapman is slated to be the seventh seed out of nine teams in the SCIAC tournament, which begins next week.
“Playing a solid four quarters is something we have struggled with,” Ford said. “We have moments of greatness, but we need to be able to keep that going strong for a full game to win in the tournament.”