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Athletics Update: Men's Cross-Country and Water Polo Solidify Top Spots; Women's Soccer Wins Five of Six Games

Amanda Coba '15 of the women's soccer team volleys the ball out of mid-air in a recent home game.

Amanda Coba '15 of the women's soccer team volleys the ball out of mid-air in a recent home game.

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In Pomona-Pitzer Athletics news, the Men's Cross Country team and Men's Water Polo teams solidified the top spots in their respective rankings this week after strong showings on Saturday. Men's Cross Country, the No. 1 ranked team in the West Region, was the top Division III finisher at the Stanford Invitational, led by Anders Crabo ’12 with a time of 25:40. Men's Water Polo, which took over the No. 1 spot in the Division III rankings last week, battled No. 7 ranked UC Santa Barbara down to the final minute before falling 9-8. Jason Cox PI '13 had four of the eight goals for the Sagehens, while senior goalkeeper Kyle Pokorny '12 was named the Western Water Polo Association Player of the Week on Wednesday. The Men's Water Polo team has a tough task this week, as they play No. 1 USC on Saturday at the So Cal Tournament, hosted by Long Beach.

Meanwhile, Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Soccer got back on the winning track with a 2-0 victory over Chapman on Saturday and has now won five of its last six. Allie Tao ’14 had the game-winning goal, and Traci Lopez PI ’12 added an insurance goal on a penalty kick. The Men's Soccer team extended its SCIAC winning streak to three games with a thrilling 2-0 win over cross-street rival CMS and a 4-1 win over Caltech last week. Rollie Thayer '13 had seven saves in the CMS win, several of which were of the spectacular variety, while Michael Ceragioli ’14 and Lawrence McDonald PI '15 had the goals. Football was idle this week, but running back Luke Sweeney '13 moved up to fourth in the national leaders for rushing yardage (181.5 yards per game) as the Sagehens prepare for a home game against Chapman on Saturday (7 p.m.), while Women’s Cross Country runner Annie Lydens ’13 had another strong performance, finishing second among Division III finishers at the Stanford Invitational.