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Women's Water Polo Closes 2011 Season
The Pasadena City College women's water polo team finished 1-2 and ended its 2011 season with a sixth place finish at the South Coast Conference Championships held Thursday and Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College.
The Lancers went 4-6 in all SCC matches, including a win over LA Trade Tech, 15-8, on Thursday. PCC lost a tough finale v. El Camino, 5-4, in the fifth place game played Saturday morning.
Against the Warriors, Paloma Barrera scored two goals to lead the offense. Frosh goalie Shelby Gregg recorded the third highest single-game save total in PCC history with a season-high 17 saves. PCC nearly pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback, scoring three goals late before time ran out.
PCC opened the tourney, closing the gap on Mt. San Antoinio from its initial dual meet season meeting, but falling 6-2. The Lancers, who lost 14-8 in that first encounter with the Mounties, played a completely different game, keeping Mt. SAC from opening up its offense. Makenzie Blank scored both PCC goals, including one early in the first quarter for the team's lone lead at 1-0. The Lancers went 1-for-6 on the power play advantage, derailing their best scoring chances.
PCC rebounded the next match in a 15-8 win over LA Trade Tech. The team's only sophomore Rebecca Iraheta scored two goals and added an assist while lefty-shooting freshman Megan Harper scored her first collegiate goal. That goal meant that all 12 PCC players reached the scoring column this season. Milene Minassians was a perfect 4-for-4 on scoring attempts. In the victory, 10 different players scored goals and eight players tallied assists. Goalie Naoni Padilla made 11 saves and Lauren D'Angelo added two goals.
"Rebecca was a leader on both sides of the pool," said PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard of the LA Trade Tech win.
The Lancers compiled an overall record of 11-17, the most wins by a PCC team in four years. With almost the entire team eligible to return next season, Stoddard felt that the 2011 team was also a bridge to 2012.
"We knew this year coming in, with 11 freshmen from 10 local high schools, that we would have to focus on the process of progress, building one fundamental at a time. There have been a few tough lessons and even that is building the right team. This team can focus and be disciplined, and there is nothing like a disappointment to motivate you in the off-season. We set some goals today. We know what we need to do for next season."
Blank led the team in goals with 79 while Barrera was the top playmaker with 33 assists. Gregg paced the squad in goalie saves (191) and steals with 69.
[Photo--The splash of water masks the white jersey cap of PCC's No. 19 Paloma Barrera as she gets ready to fire a shot during the SCC Tournament held Nov. 3-5 at Mt. San Antonio College, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/05/11