The Sagehen Report: Week of October 17
It was a big weekend for Sagehen Soccer, as both the Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer teams picked up huge 1-0 wins over Occidental on Saturday. The Men’s Soccer team clinched a SCIAC Tournament bid with its win, while the Women’s Soccer team now needs just one tie in its last two games (or one tie or loss from either Redlands or Occidental) to earn its postseason ticket.
Lawrence McDonald PI ’15 scored the game’s only goal midway through the first half off a corner kick taken by Mark Raftrey ’15 and the Men’s Soccer team, which is starting six freshmen (out of 11), outshot the Tigers 18-6 on its way to a 1-0 win to clinch its postseason bid. Rollie Thayer ’13 had three saves to pick up his sixth shutout in 12 SCIAC games this season, as the Sagehens improved to 8-4 in league play. Pomona-Pitzer closes out the regular season with a home game against Cal Lutheran on Wednesday and a road game at Whittier on Saturday, and has a chance to earn the second seed and the right to host a SCIAC semifinal on Nov. 2 (if CMS loses to first-place Redlands on Wednesday).
The Sagehen Women’s Soccer team had a dramatic home win, as defender Claire Mueller ’13 ventured forward out of the back to score off a cross from Dana Christensen PI ’15 with just 25 seconds left in the first overtime to give Pomona-Pitzer the 1-0 victory. It was the second goal of Mueller’s career and the first assist of Christensen’s. Emma Wolfath ’13 picked up her fifth shutout of the season in goal, as the Sagehens improved to 9-4-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the SCIAC heading into the final week of the regular season, with the last home game coming on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Whittier.
Volleyball saw a couple of individuals reach major milestones, as libero Heidi Leonard ’12 set the program’s all-time record for career digs on Saturday with 30 against Chapman and 14 in a 3-0 win over Caltech. Ellen Yamasaki PI ’15, meanwhile, filled in at setter all weekend due to injuries to both of the Sagehens’ regular setters, and as a result joined the rare 200-200-200 club with more than 200 kills, 200 digs, and 200 assists on the season, passing all three milestones this week.
Men’s Water Polo had the rare opportunity to host the No. 1 ranked team in the nation as UCLA visited Haldeman Pool on Saturday. The Sagehens hung tough for a while, as a goal from Travis Larsen ’15 midway through the second quarter made the score 2-1 UCLA. The Bruins eventually pulled away for a 14-4 win, but Cody Moore ’13 scored twice in the second half against the nation’s best team, while Tyler Hill ’14 stopped two penalty shots on the day – one against UCLA and one against Whittier earlier on Saturday morning, when the Sagehens cruised to a 13-4 win to improve to 2-1 in the SCIAC.
The winter season got underway as the Men’s and Womens’ Swimming teams competed at the Redlands October Invitational. Led by a strong showing from its first-year swimmers, the Women’s Swimming Team was the top Division III finisher at the event. Mari Pettibone PI ’15 was fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke and tenth in the 100-meter breaststroke, while Ali Valdrighi ’15 was eighth in the 100-meters. Vikcy Gyorffy ’15 was ninth in the 200-meter freestyle, while Alex Lincoln ’14 was third in three different events – the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle and the 200-meter freestyle relay. On the men’s side returning All-American Max Scholten ’12 was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, and Chris Wright ’12 was seventh in the 200-meter butterfly.
Luke Sweeney ’13 was profiled in the Los Angeles Times for his performance this fall in leading the nation in rushing, while balancing academics and athletics at Pomona, last Thursday. Sweeney was held to a season-low 56 yards in a loss to nationally ranked Cal Lutheran on Saturday, but should still be close to the national lead heading into the final three games. Linebacker Jake Rollins ’13 had a huge day on defense, finishing with 18 tackles (nine solo, nine assisted).