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The Sagehen Report: Week of October 3

Luke Sweeney '13, Pomona College football running back

Luke Sweeney '13

Luke Sweeney '13, Pomona College football running back

Sagehen running back Luke Sweeney ’13 put himself in rarified air last week by taking over college football’s rushing lead, averaging more yards per game than any other running back in the nation in any division. Sweeney currently averages 182.7 yards per game, which ranked him first by 13.7 yards in NCAA Division III heading into the weekend (over Jeremy Murray of Mt. Union), and by 2.7 yards for all divisions, ahead of second-place Jonas Randolph of Mars Hill (Division II). Sweeney maintained his national lead after he did not play against Redlands on Saturday due to minor injuries. He is expected to be back in the line-up this weekend as Pomona-Pitzer hosts Occidental in a big rivalry game on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at Merritt Field.

Men’s Water Polo co-hosted the Claremont Convergence this past weekend, which is the largest collegiate water polo tournament in the country. The Sagehens went 3-1 at Haldeman Pool, picking up wins over Chapman, Vanguard and Fresno Pacific, while suffering their first Division III loss of the season to Johns Hopkins. The Chapman match featured plenty of drama as the Sagehens needed overtime to capture a 17-14 win, behind four goals apiece from Mark Hudnall ’13, Jason Cox PI ’13 and Stephen Vint PI ’15. The Vanguard win also saw some late heroics, as Hudnall and Dylan O’Connell ’14 scored fourth quarter goals and Austin Strong PI ’15 made a save in the final seconds of regulation to preserve an 8-7 victory. Jaron Moler ’12 led the Sagehens with three goals in a 12-10 win over Fresno Pacific to close out the tournament on Saturday evening.

The Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams hit the midway point of the SCIAC schedule in strong position to qualify for one of the league’s four postseason bids. Men’s Soccer (5-2 SCIAC) had a streak of five straight SCIAC wins snapped on Saturday by first-place Redlands (which has given the Sagehens both of their conference losses), but still remains in second place heading into some pivotal home matches this week against Whittier (Monday, 4 p.m.) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Saturday, 11 a.m.). Women’s Soccer stands at 3-3 in conference play, putting it in a four-way tie for second place in the loss column, and it can make a move up with games this week at Whittier (1-5) on Monday and home against La Verne (1-6) on Wednesday (4 p.m.), before a huge matchup at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday (11 a.m.).

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