News: Women's Water Polo Takes SCC 5th As Gregg Sets Saves Record
In a season of record setting performances, the Pasadena City College women's water polo team saved one more for its last 2012 match. Sophomore Shelby Gregg broke the school record for saves in a season with 279 during PCC's 7-5 overtime victory over El Camino Saturday. The win allowed the Lancers to overtake ECC for fifth place at the South Coast Conference Championship Tournament held Nov. 1 and 3 at Cerritos College.
With the victory, PCC finished the season at 11-17 overall and 4-6 in SCC games. Gregg had tied previous record holder Hannah Hogue (277, set in 2009 in 26 matches) in regulation play and made two saves in the six minutes of non-sudden death overtime to make the record her own.
Pasadena fell behind 3-1 v. the Warriors before scoring four straight goals over the next three quarters to grab a 5-3 lead. A 10-minute delay in the scoreboard system at the Cerritos pool seemed to re-charge El Camino as it scored two goals to send it into OT at 5-5. In the second 3-minute overtime period, PCC broke the deadlock when Marisa Rack fed Paloma Barrera for a step-out shot from the center-forward position and the sophomore Barrera buried it for her second goal of the game.
Gregg made a pair of blocks on backhand attempts by El Camino to maintain the lead while Milene Minassians scored on a lob shot from the right side to cap the fifth-place match triumph. Gregg finished with 12 saves.
In the second round game played Nov. 1, Makenzie Blank powered seven goals as again PCC came back from a deficit (5-4 at halftime) to defeat Rio Hondo, 11-8. Naoni Padilla made six steals and aided the offense with a goal and an assist. Rack added three assists and five steals as PCC's defense totaled 20 steals overall.
In the opening tourney match, Chaffey downed the Lancers, 10-4. Minassians scored two goals while Rack had a goal, an assist and four steals.
PCC set a team record for steals in a season with 307 and had its lowest differential in goals scored v. goals allowed. The Lancers won seven of their last 11 matches to close the season on a high note. Blank's 168 career goals keeps her as the all-time leading scorer in PCC history, 63 ahead of the next nearest Lancer. Rack, a freshman, set a Lancers' single-game record for assists with seven in a match earlier in the year. Blank had a 9-goal game and Gregg a 19-save game and those were each the second-highest single-game performances in school history.
"Winning seven of the last 11 games is a reflection of the character that is this team," PCC head coach Terry Stoddard said. "Everything was a team effort, not about individuals. Six different ladies scored in our final match. We had so many matches that came down to the final few possessions, final minute. We were just getting going. I'm going to miss the nine sophomores. It was a fun group to coach."
Gregg finished with 470 career saves to place second behind Hogue (2009-10), who totaled 526. Rack led the Lancers this season in both steals (78) and assists (35). Minassians scored 38 goals to finish second on the team behind the high-scoring Blank.
[Photo--Shelby Gregg makes one of her record-setting 279 saves this season, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 11/06/2012