LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The first round of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's water polo season concluded with the Tigers right where they started off, on top, with a 16-10 victory on Saturday morning when Occidental College hosted the second seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Taylor Pool.
After honoring a quartet of senior student-athletes in Amelia Frey, Rebecca Hofer, Karie Nickle and Julie Monday, the Tigers and Athenas got the scoring frenzy underway. When the Tigers erased a 2-0 deficit and scored four uncontested goals in the opening period of play the stage was set for the remainder of the game.
Hofer started her senior day hot and put up the first crooked number of the day for the Tigers. Nanea Fujiyama scored the first of her five goals, on six shots, and Tessa Bailey-Findley put the Tigers up 3-2 with her first of four. Fujiyama would add a second first quarter goal with 2:05 to play.
After Fujiyama won the second sprint of the game, Bailey-Findley pushed the lead to three with her second goal of the contest. Monday began her offensive output in the second when she found the back of the net twice to give the Tigers a 7-4 lead with a minute and half to play. Nickle would get in on the action as well, doubling the Oxy lead at 8-4 entering the intermission.
Bailey-Findley and Fujiyama recorded the first two goals of the third quarter before CMS returned the favor with back-to-back scores. When Nickle found the back of the cage with 1:28 to go in the third, she scored her final goal of senior day, which was ultimately the game winner. Fujiyama continued her fantastic day with the twelfth Tigers' goal.
Fujiyama then sparked a quick 3-0 Oxy run as Bailey-Findley followed suit before Hofer, who led things off offensively today, capped off the day with her and the team's final goal of the game at the 3:47 mark.
In addition to her five-goal game, Fujiyama handed out a team-high three assists, tying with Nickle in the category for the day. Hofer would dish out two as well.
Not only was Fujiyama unstoppable on the offensive end of the pool, she added a stellar defensive effort as well with a pair of field blocks as well as a trio of steals. Nickle also had three steals as Bailey-Findley led the squad with four. Monday, Hofer and Corrine Casey added two apiece and Casey drew a pair of ejections. In front of the Tigers' cage today, Rachel Adeleye blocked eight shots for the Black and Orange.
Occidental remains unbeaten in SCIAC action at 7-0 and improves to 17-8 overall. Next weekend the Tigers will travel to the Las Flores Park Pool to play in the 2011 Women's Water Polo SCIAC Championships hosted by the University of La Verne. The Tigers enter as the No. 1 seed and will face No. 8 Caltech in the first round at 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
A complete schedule can be found below:
1) #2 UR vs. #7 ULV-10:00 a.m.
2) #3 CMS vs. #6 CLU-11:45 a.m.
3) #1 OXY vs. #8 CIT-1:30 p.m.
4) #4 PP vs. #5 WC-3:00 p.m.
5) L1 vs. L 2-10:00 a.m.
6) L3 vs. L4-11:45 a.m.
7) W1 vs. W2-1:30 p.m.
8) W3 vs. W4-3:00 p.m.
9) L5 vs. L6-10:00 a.m.
10) W5 vs. W 6-11:45 a.m.
11) L 7 vs. L8-1:30 p.m.
12) W7 vs. W8-3:00 p.m.
Article by Tracy Maple, Sports Information Director