Women’s water polo suffers SCIAC tournament loss

The Chapman women’s water polo team was knocked out of the winner’s bracket of the SCIAC (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) tournament by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 12-6.

Chapman (9-23, 2-7), which is the seventh seed in the tournament, has now lost seven straight games and 11-of-13 overall, capped off by the loss to second seeded Claremont (16-12, 8-1).

“We had a great first half. But it came down to us not executing and turning the ball over way too much in the second half,” said junior attacker Emily Holmquist. “They scored off of our mistakes, our mistakes being bad passes and low percentage shots.”

The Panthers held their own in the first half, and trialed 4-3 at halftime.

Sophomore driver Kate Staskus and junior driver Riley Ford started off the game hot, each scoring a goal in the opening quarter. Ford scored her team-leading 40th goal of the season.

“We had a great first half with a lot of energy both offensively and defensively, but we made some crucial turnovers in the second half that were game changers,” Staskus said.

Claremont senior utility Candace Filippelli scored three of her game-high four goals in the first half.

The Panthers were not able to keep up with Claremont in the second half, and were outscored 8-3 on the way to the 12-6 defeat.

Staskus added a second goal, and freshman offensive two-meter defender Emiko Mizusawa scored twice.

The loss ended any hopes for the Panthers to make it to the NCAA playoffs.

Chapman will play ninth-seeded Caltech Saturday at 1 p.m. in a consolation play-in game. The winner will play a consolation game at 7 p.m. against Occidental. If Chapman defeats Caltech and Occidental, the team will play for fifth place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. All tournament games are hosted by Whittier.

“I’m looking forward to hopefully getting these wins the rest of championships, but mostly for next season to come back with fire in our hearts to have the season we should have had,” Holmquist said.

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