The women’s water polo team lost to Cerritos on Friday before defeating East LA to finish off the season in 5th place in the South Coast Conference Championship tournament.
The Pasadena team proved themselves as worthy competition as they bested their 8th place finish from last season.
If the Lancers defeated the Falcons, they would have played Mt. SAC and could have had a chance to get even with the Mounties after losing to them 17-4 a week ago but they came up short in trying to avenge their 5-4 loss to Cerritos two weeks ago in another defensive battle that ended, 4-2.
Mount SAC advanced to the championship game where they fell to the Long Beach Vikings, 8-6.
All of the goals the Lancers produced came in the first quarter. Captain Ariahn Givens had both of the team’s goals.
The Falcons shut the Pasadena offense down with solid defense, setting up some opportunities on the other end that proved to be the difference maker.
After cashing in on their first power play of the game, the Lancers went cold as Cerritos killed PCC’s remaining five power plays. Pasadena was 1 for 6 with the man advantage.
Cerritos forced seven shot clock violations in the game. Three of them were executed on consecutive plays.
“It was a frustrating game for me as a coach because we had opportunities to score but didn’t cash in,” said head coach Terry Stoddard.
Heading into halftime in a 2-2 tie, Cerritos gained the lead just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter with a goal scored by center Vanessa Hinojosa.
Mikaela Padilla added the insurance goal midway through the fourth and final frame of the game.
The Lancers had one final task at hand on Saturday as they were set to take on East LA in the fifth place match.
This was the sixth time in the past eight seasons that PCC participated in the fifth place match.
They came into Saturday’s contest with a chip on their shoulder and performed at a high level to come on top of ELAC, 11-3.
PCC scored seven goals in the first half compared to East LA’s three. In the second half, Pasadena was able to keep the Huskies off the board while adding three more goals to pad the lead.
The Lancers were able to execute on both ends which was something that was missing in the game versus Cerritos the day before.
“We went out on top and left everything we had in the pool,” said Daizsa Caldwell. “We played with a lot of fire and passion this season.”
Pasadena was 3 for 3 on the powerplay and racked up 25 steals as a team.
Captain Ariahn Givens left a lasting impression in her last water polo game for the Lancers as she notched 4 goals, 2 assists and 11 steals.
“We had a very successful season,” said Givens. “It obviously hurts to lose [versus Cerritos] but at least we were able to finish the season with a win.”
Pasadena finishes the season with a 14-12 record. This is the school program’s best finish since 2007 where they finished in 3rd place overall in the SCC.
According to Stoddard, nine of the 13 players on the current roster are expected to return for next season.