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Water Polo Can't Catch Rio Hondo At Finish, 6-5

Water Polo Can't Catch Rio Hondo At Finish, 6-5 image

The Pasadena City College women's water polo team turned in one of the year's gutsiest performances, but fell a goal short Wednesday, losing to host Rio Hondo College, 6-5. The South Coast Conference regular season finale was played at Palm Park Pool in Whittier.

The Lancers led 1-0 after one quarter, and after falling behind, tied it 4-4 on a goal by Darly Htike in the fourth quarter. Rio Hondo would score the next two goals, including one with six seconds left to take a 6-4 lead. At the buzzer, PCC goalie Hannah Hogue netted a goal on a shot from the middle of the pool to end the scoring.

PCC had several opportunities to score in the first half, including a failed penalty shot attempt by Cynthia Martinez.

Overall, Hogue was a defensive wizard with 15 saves and four steals. Anneke Forrest added a goal and five steals. Nicole Young contributed a goal and an assist while Brianna Estrada also cashed in a goal. Estrada and Martinez each made three steals.

The Lancers finish the regular season at 6-19 and 2-5 in SCC play. PCC now plays in the South Coast Conference Tournament, Nov. 5-6 at Cerritos College. PCC, the No. 6 seed, faces Cerritos College at 9 a.m. Friday. The Lancers will likely play again at 2:30 p.m. v. either El Camino or Long Beach City College.

[Photo--Cynthia Martinez (13) plays defense on a Rio Hondo player during the Lancers' 6-5 loss to the Roadrunners in Whittier, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/03/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu