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Women's Water Polo Opens 2010 Season

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The opening results of the 2010 Pasadena City College women's water polo season Friday caused an early wake-up call for the Lancers. After a pair of losses to Fullerton and Grossmont, PCC 12th-year head coach Terry Stoddard knows his players have plenty of hard practices ahead of them in order to improve. 

PCC suffered the program's worst loss since 2003 in a 20-2 defeat to Fullerton and then fell to Grossmont, 12-2, in a pair of matches on the first day of the Saddleback College Tournament in Mission Viejo. The 20 goals allowed was the first time a Pasadena squad surrendered that many goals since a 22-6 loss to Miramar seven years ago.

The Lancers lost several key players from the '09 team to graduation, including their top three goal scorers. While PCC returns five sophomores, only All-Southern California goalie Hannah Hogue and 2-meter player and All-South Coast Conference selection Anneke Forrest were consistent regulars from one of the stingiest defensive teams in Coach Stoddard's tenure at PCC. Hogue led the team in steals (59) and Forrest was the team's top playmaker with 33 assists.

"All three of our team captains from last year graduated," Stoddard said. "That's a majority of our offense and two of our best defensive players removed. Pool leaders aren't easy to replace and trying to mesh our incoming freshmen with the returners we have is going to take some hard work on our parts."

Still, Stoddard looked at the team's first two losses as his players getting their feet wet so to speak.

"We learned a lot," he said. "We got the jitters out and worked well together by the middle of the second match, boding well for the future. This tournament is a practice opportunity to prepare for the South Coast Conference season. Against Grossmont, we went back to a dropping defense requiring Hogue to block outside shots and she did her part well. We also cut down on the number of counter-attack goals that we allowed in the Fullerton match."

Hogue, who set a school record for saves in a season as a freshman with 277, made 15 stops in the Grossmont game. One of the saves was on a penalty shot and four were while the team was short-handed on opponent 6-on-5 power plays. Forrest and letterman center forward Nicole Young scored the PCC goals.

In the Fullerton game, sophomore forward Darly Htike and freshman driver Fernanda Camacho (Monrovia High) scored the Lancer goals. Forrest made four steals and Camacho added three steals. Hogue made three saves.

PCC's remaining roster is made up of letterman driver Brianna Estrada and the following freshmen: Andrea Aldana (Pasadena High), Rebecca Iraheta (Alverno), Iman Issa (Arcadia), Wendy Lau (Arcadia), Cynthia Martinez (Roosevelt), Lisa Munoz (Schurr), Amanda Quick (Schurr), and Sandra Rios (Arcadia).

PCC continues play in the Saddleback Tournament Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. match v. Mt. San Antonio and a 3 p.m. game v. Southwestern.

[File Photo--All-SoCal Region goalie Hannah Hogue is one of five returning players on the 2010 Lancers.]

Release Date: 09/11/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu