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The Sagehen Report: Week of October 24

Arash Mahboubi ’15 wins a header in the first half against Cal Lutheran on Wednesday. Mahboubi later scored the game-winning goal for the Sagehens, who picked up their tenth win of the season.

Arash Mahboubi ’15 wins a header in the first half against Cal Lutheran on Wednesday. Mahboubi later scored the game-winning goal for the Sagehens, who picked up their tenth win of the season.

This week saw two familiar Sagehens, Annie Lydens ’13 and Luke Sweeney ’13, continue to add to their long and impressive resumes, while Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Men’s Water Polo all picked up important team victories.

Lydens won the individual title at the SCIAC Women’s Cross Country Championships with a time of 23:11, which was 25 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. It was the third straight competition in which she has finished first, including a 30-second win at the SCIAC Multi-Duals on Oct. 15. As a result of her two dominant performances, she was named the SCIAC Women’s Runner of the Year, and she will next be in action on Nov. 12 on her home course as she looks to defend her NCAA West Region championship.  Men’s Cross Country also had three runners earn first-team All-SCIAC honors this weekend: Paul Balmer ’12, Anders Crabo ’12 and Alex Johnson PI ’13.

Sweeney, meanwhile, rushed for 246 yards in the Pomona-Pitzer Football team’s loss to Whittier, as he passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season (1,115) and the 2,000-yard mark for his career (2,015). He becomes only the fourth Sagehen in the 119-year history of the program to have a 1,000-yard rushing season, and only the sixth to pass 2,000 career yards. Sweeney also now has five of the top nine single-game rushing totals in school history, four of which have come this season. He and his teammates will play their home finale on Saturday at 7 p.m. against La Verne, which will be Senior Day for the program’s five seniors. 

Sweeney was also featured on NBC LA’s show The Challenge, which aired on Sunday evening after NBC Sunday Night Football. (Weekly wrap-up continues below the video):

Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer both picked up their tenth wins of the season in their home finales on Senior Day as they qualified for the SCIAC Tournament. The Sagehen Men used a goal and an assist from Danny Nasry ’13 to break a 1-1 tie with Cal Lutheran on Wednesday and pick up a 3-1 win. Avery Raimondo ’15 and Arash Mahboubi ’15 added goals as Pomona-Pitzer continued to get big seasons from its deep freshman class. The Sagehens finished tied for third in the final regular season standings and will open SCIAC play at first-place Redlands on Wednesday night. 

The Sagehen Women, meanwhile, hit the 10-win plateau on Saturday in a 5-1 rout of Whittier, as Traci Lopez PI ’12 celebrated her Senior Day with a goal and an assist in the first half, and Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe PI ’14 added her first two collegiate goals in the second half to help put the game away. Erin Edmonds PI ’14 chipped in with a goal and an assist while Claudia Zaugg ’13 added her third goal of the season. Pomona-Pitzer finished in a tie for second place and will open play in the SCIAC Tournament at CMS on Thursday evening. 

Men’s Water Polo rolled to a couple of important SCIAC wins over La Verne (17-8) and Caltech (19-12) to move into a four-way tie for first place at 4-1 in conference play. Jason Cox PI ’13 had four goals against La Verne, while five other players had two goals apiece, while Karl Kumbier ’13 and Robert Chew ’14 had four goals apiece in the win over Caltech. The Sagehens also gave No. 2 USC a strong battle on Saturday after their win over Caltech, falling 12-5, as Jaron Moler ’12 and Cody Moore ’13 each had two goals. The Sagehens have a big week this week at home as they host Redlands on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Cal Lutheran on Saturday at 11 a.m. as they try to clinch at least a share of the regular season conference title.

Ellen Yamasaki PI ’15 accomplished a rare statistical feat for the Volleyball team as she recorded a triple-double in only three sets in a 3-0 sweep of Redlands on Tuesday. Yamasaki finished the match with 15 assists, 10 digs and 10 kills (in only 19 attempts) as she split time between the setter and hitter positions. The Sagehens close out their season on Tuesday with a home match against Cal Lutheran at 7:30 p.m.

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