The Sagehen Report: Week of April 2
Vicky Gyorffy '15 had three pivotal goals to lead the No. 2 Women's Water Polo team to a 15-13 overtime win over No. 1 Occidental on Saturday
This week saw the Women’s Water Polo team win a 1 vs. 2 showdown with Occidental in a battle of the top two teams in NCAA Division III, the Women’s Lacrosse team capture its fifth win a row, the Men’s Tennis Team pick up a huge regional win, and the Men’s Track and Field team have one of its top performances this century from the 4x400 relay team.
Women’s Water Polo traveled to Occidental for its SCIAC opener this week in a much-anticipated match-up between the top two teams in Division III. Occidental came in ranked No. 1 in the nation, while Pomona-Pitzer was right behind at No. 2, with both teams undefeated against Division III competition this season. The Sagehens led for most of the way, and appeared to have the game won when Vicky Gyorffy ’15 broke a 10-10 tie with just over a minute remaining.
However, Occidental tied the score in the final second as a desperation shot from mid-pool bounced off the crossbar and stayed in play, and was batted in for a rebound goal. The Tigers kept the momentum going with the first goal of overtime, but Gyorffy responded with back-to-back goals less than 20 seconds apart to put the Sagehens back in front, giving her three goals on the game. After Occidental tied it up 13-13 going into the second overtime, Alyssa Woodward PI ’15, the team’s leading scorer who had been shut out to that point, had both goals in the second extra session as the Sagehens won a dramatic 15-13 decision and will likely take over the top spot in the new rankings. Pomona-Pitzer added a 15-6 win later on Saturday against Caltech to improve to 8-0 against Division III teams, as Brenda Iglesias ’14 and Mahalia Prater-Fahey ’15 had three goals apiece.
The Women’s Lacrosse team won four games in five days over Spring Break and then had a 10-day rest to recover before facing MIT this week. The rest came in handy, as the Sagehens extended their winning streak to five games with one of their most complete performances of the season, defeating MIT 22-12 on Wednesday. Martha Marich ’12 (eight goals, one assist), Logan Galansky ’14 (six goals, three assists) and Jana London PI ’14 (five goals, four assists) all tied for team-high honors with nine points. The Sagehens have a big week ahead as they host Redlands on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and CMS on Saturday at 1 p.m. looking to close the gap on the top two teams in the SCIAC before the postseason arrives.
The Men’s Track and Field team competed at the CA/NV Championships at CMS in a challenging field that included several Division I programs. The Sagehens had some impressive performances at the event, including a 3:19.98 from the 4x400 relay team, which was the fastest time for the program in over a decade. Ryan Meyer ’12 ran a 48.3 anchor leg to help the Sagehens break the 3:20 mark by two-hundredths of a second, while Greg Hook PI ’14, Adam Faison PI ’15 and Matt Sloane ’14 helped set the table. Anders Crabo ’12 also broke four minutes in the 1500 meters (3:59.16) and Paul Balmer set a personal record with a 9:36.84 in the steeplechase.
Men’s Tennis had a signature win on Saturday when it knocked off No. 5 UC Santa Cruz at Pauley Courts 5-4. The team win was clinched early as Frankie Allinson ’13, Connor Hudson ’15 and Max Sabel PI ’13 won the first three singles matches to be completed to give the Sagehens a 5-1 lead. Allison and Sabel also moved up to No. 1 doubles for the first time this season and picked up an 8-6 win there as well. The only bad news was that Chris Wiechert PI ’14 had his personal 13-match winning streak snapped when he fell in a second-set tiebreaker after picking up wins against Middlebury and Whittier earlier in the week. The Sagehens also picked up a 7-2 SCIAC win over Whittier on Friday, improving to 2-1 in the league this year and will host Gustavus Adolphus on Wednesday at 5:30 at Pauley Courts.
Women’s Tennis picked up a couple of SCIAC wins with easy 9-0 victories over Whittier and Occidental. Sammy Chao ’14 returned from injury and remained undefeated in both singles (7-0) and doubles (9-0 with Arthi Padmanabhan ’14) this season. Jamie Solomon PI ’13 had the toughest challenge in the Occidental match, but she prevailed in a third set tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets. The Sagehens host La Verne on Saturday morning.
Baseball took two out of three from Redlands on the weekend, exploding for 27 runs in the first two games, a 17-0 win in the opener and a 10-6 win in the second game before the Bulldogs salvaged the final game 8-3. Travis Rooke-Ley PI ’12 had a five-hit shutout in the first game of the series, his second in SCIAC play this season, as he improved to 5-0 with an 0.62 ERA in league contests. Erik Munzer PI ’13 started the offense going with a three-run homer in the first inning and had six RBI in the first two games combined. The offensive explosion even came without James Campbell ’12, who missed the series with an injury after coming into the week tied for the national lead with eight home runs on the year. The Sagehens play a three-game series with CMS this weekend, including a doubleheader at home on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Men’s Golf had its top performance of the season on Monday as it finished with a 302, with all four competitors scoring between 74-77. Kyle Schneider ’14 led the way with a 74, Gabe Romero ’12 had a 75, John Hasse ’12 had a 76 and Chandler Jennings ’14 added a 77. The Sagehens were only 10 shots off the top team score of 292, set by Cal Lutheran and La Verne. Women’s Golf also finished fourth out of five in its SCIAC match this week, led by an 85 by Allison Boden ’14.