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The Sagehen Report: Week of October 31

Kyle Pokorny '12 had 13 saves and allowed only two goals on his Senior Day to help the Sagehens defeat Cal Lutheran 8-2 and tie for first place in the SCIAC.

Kyle Pokorny '12 had 13 saves and allowed only two goals on his Senior Day to help the Sagehens defeat Cal Lutheran 8-2 and tie for first place in the SCIAC.

The fall athletics season is quickly winding to a close, as the Sagehens begin to phase into winter this weekend with Men’s Basketball’s season opener at Pepperdine and Swimming and Diving’s competition at the Redlands Pentathlon, both on Saturday.

Several Sagehens made sure that the fall storylines continued on this week, though. Goalie Kyle Pokorny ’12 celebrated his Senior Day with the Men’s Water Polo team on Saturday by putting on a goalkeeping clinic, making 13 saves and allowing only two goals in an 8-2 win over Cal Lutheran that enabled the Sagehens to share the regular season SCIAC title. Pokorny allowed only one goal (on a penalty shot) in the first half, and did not allow his second goal until just two minutes remaining in regulation.

Jason Cox PI ’13 also added to his strong fall for Men’s Water Polo by reaching the 50-goal mark on Saturday with two in the win over Cal Lutheran and three in a loss to Air Force. The Sagehens will be in action at the SCIAC Tournament this weekend at La Verne from Friday-Sunday, opening play on Friday against Whittier at 11:45 a.m.

When it comes to statistical milestones this fall, though, Luke Sweeney ’13 has been the big story, as he added yet another feather in his cap by breaking the single-season rushing record in the 119-year history of Pomona Football on Saturday. Sweeney carried for 162 yards in a loss to La Verne, giving him 1,277 yards this season, breaking the old record of 1,260 set by Jonathan Samples in 2005. Sweeney accomplished that feat in only seven games, as he missed one game at Redlands with an injury and the Sagehens still have one game left to play--the annual Peace Pipe Game at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday (1 p.m.).

The Sagehens Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams reached the SCIAC Tournament this year, but saw their seasons end this week in the SCIAC semifinals. The Women’s Soccer team made its first appearance in the SCIAC Tournament since 2006, but fell on the road to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Men’s Soccer team dropped a road decision at top-seeded Redlands, which went undefeated in conference play this fall. The men were dealt a blow as starting goalkeeper Rollie Thayer ’13 was injured in practice three days before the game and could not play. Nathaniel Anderson ’12, who had a summer internship at the Pentagon this year, stepped into his place and had five saves in a solid relief appearance to keep the Sagehens in the game for 70 minutes until Redlands struck for two late goals to put the game away.

Volleyball also concluded its season, as it said goodbye to four seniors, three of whom rank among the all-time leaders in school history. Heidi Leonard ’12 ended her career as the all-time record holder in digs with 1,896, while Kenzie Aries PI ’12 finished second in Pomona-Pitzer annals in assists (2,760) and Jordan Hammond ’12 finished ninth in kills (841).

The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams will be in action on their home course this weekend for the NCAA West Region Championships. Annie Lydens ’13, who has won her last three races, including the SCIAC Championship on Oct. 29, will try to defend the West Region title that she won last year, as she gets ready to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships on Nov. 19.

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