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Women's Water Polo Evens SCC Mark At 3-3

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Makenzie Blank scored four goals in a span of three minutes during the first half to help the Pasadena City College women's water polo team down Rio Hondo, 10-6, in a South Coast Conference game at the Aquatic Center Wednesday afternoon.

Blank, the team's top scorer this season, teamed with Paloma Barrera as PCC scored on five consecutive attempts late in the first quarter and early in the second period. The Lancers, who trailed 1-0, took a commanding 7-2 lead by halftime.

Pasadena evened its SCC record at 3-3 and improved to 8-10 overall. Paced by three goals each from Andrea Arnold and Natalie Figueroa, Rio Hondo saw its record drop to 1-14 and 1-5 in conference games.

Overall, the Lancers built a 10-3 lead after three periods and several substitutions were utilized by head coach Terry Stoddard in the fourth quarter as Rio Hondo rallied to make the score close.

Blank finished with four goals and two assists while Milene Minassians added three goals and a pair of steals. Barrera scored two goals and Taylor Guidera contributed the team's final score on an assist by Kathleen Little with 1:11 left in the third quarter.

Playing only the second half as PCC goalie, Naoni Padilla made eight saves, including three point-blank opportunities. Shelby Gregg had a single save in the first half and had a quiet time as the Lancers' defense clamped down to force Rio Hondo into dump plays.

"We're going to have to execute our counter attacks better than we did today," Stoddard said. "We played a tight defense in that first half, but we didn't shoot particularly well. We had a lot of opportunities to score. We wanted to use different combinations and utilize our bench more because we can't just rely solely on our starters. Padilla did a great job for us. It's nice to have two quality goalies like Gregg and her."

Stoddard talked about the development of Blank, who now has 59 goals in 18 matches. 

"Mak has become a go-to scorer for us," he said. "What's great about Mak is she is adjusting to the way other teams are starting to (double-team) and come down on her. She is becoming a passer as well as a scorer, knowing when she does draw two defenders, she can get the ball to an open player for a shot."

PCC next plays at the 21-team, 14th Long Beach Battle at the Beach Tournament this Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22. The Lancers face stiff competition with a match v. Saddleback Friday (9:05 a.m.) then a game against Sierra (12:20 p.m.). Both of those games will be competed at Cypress College. Saturday opponents have yet to be determined but those matches will be played at Long Beach City College.

[Photo--Giselle Mendieta sets up a play for the Lancers in their 10-6 win over Rio Hondo at the Aquatic Center Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/19/11
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