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The Sagehen Report: Week of September 26

Annie Lydens '13 crossing the finish line in last Saturday's race

Annie Lydens '13 crossing the finish line in last Saturday's race

Cross-country runner Annie Lydens '13 took a big step forward in her pursuit of a national championship by winning the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational with an event-record time of 21:03.9 on October 1. Lydens, who finished ninth nationally last year in the NCAA Division III Cross Country championships (and second in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships), pulled away from the field during the last mile to win by a comfortable 6.5-second margin over the second place competitor.

The Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Soccer team continued its recent surge by extending its SCIAC win streak to five games with 1-0 wins over Occidental and Cal Lutheran and improve to 5-1 in league play, one-half game out of first place. The Sagehens, who are currently starting six freshmen (out of 11 starters), used an early goal from Nate Shekita ’15 on a pass from Lawrence McDonald PI ‘15 in the fourth minute to defeat Occidental, and then a late goal from Arash Mahboubi ’15 in the 84th minute off passes from Shekita and Avery Raimondo ’15 to knock off Cal Lutheran.

On the women’s side, Allie Tao ’14 had a game for the ages to help the Sagehens defeat Occidental 4-3 on Wednesday. Tao had three goals and one assist to account for all of the Pomona-Pitzer goals as it built a 4-1 lead and then held on late. Anika Burrell ’13 added a highlight-reel goal on a blast from outside the box off a pass from Tao.

Volleyball went 2-1 on the week to put itself in position for a top-four finish and a bid to the SCIAC Tournament. The Sagehens received a big game from Ellen Yamasaki PI ’15 in a 3-1 road win over Redlands, as she had 17 kills and 18 digs, including key kills late in the second and third sets (both 25-23 Sagehens wins). Kenzie Aries ’12 finished off the tie-breaking set with a service ace to put Pomona-Pitzer ahead 2-1, before it closed out the fourth and final set with six straight points to win 25-17.

Men’s Water Polo nearly put a big win in its cap, as it held a late fourth-quarter lead over No. 9 Cal Davis before falling 9-8 on a goal with 20 seconds left. Cody Moore ’13 had two fourth-quarter goals to put the Sagehens in front, before Cal Davis came from behind for the win. The team will serve as the co-host of the Claremont Convergence this weekend with matches at Haldeman Pool on Friday and Saturday.

The Pomona-Pitzer Football team also nearly picked up a big non-conference win as it led Chapman 28-7 in the first half before the Panthers rallied for a 45-35 win. Running back Luke Sweeney ’13 had his third straight big rushing day with 185 yards after coming into the day ranked second in NCAA Division III with 181.5 yards per game. Luke Ferguson ’13 threw for 261 yards and four touchdowns, while Ryan Randle ’14 had his best game as a Sagehen with 11 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns.