The Sagehen Report: Week of April 30
Mahalia Prater-Fahey '15 scored the game-winning goal with 50 seconds left in the third overtime to give Women’s Water Polo a dramatic 12-11 victory over Redlands in the SCIAC Championship game.
This week saw a pair of SCIAC championships earned by Sagehens, including a triple-overtime win from the Women’s Water Polo team and the fourth straight steeplechase win for Anders Crabo ’12, which puts him in select company in conference history.
Mahalia Prater-Fahey ’15 scored the game-winning goal with 50 seconds left in the third overtime to give Women’s Water Polo a dramatic 12-11 victory over Redlands in the SCIAC Championship game on Sunday. The Sagehens never led during regulation as they battled back from a 6-3 deficit in the second half, with Prater-Fahey tying the score at 8-8 in the fourth quarter. Pomona-Pitzer led twice in overtime on goals from Perri Hopkins PI ’12 and Vicky Gyorffy ’15, but Redlands answered both times to tie the score back up. The score was still tied 11-11 after two overtimes, so the teams went to a third sudden-victory extra session. Prater-Fahey then ended it when Gyorffy dumped a pass to her in front of the cage, and without even looking, she whipped a backhand inside the left post.
The Sagehens also had some drama in the semifinals, as Annie Oxborough-Yankus PI ’12 broke a 7-7 tie with a goal with 1:59 left (and picked up a steal on the next possession), and Sarah Tuggy ’13 made a save at the buzzer from close range in an 8-7 win over CMS. Oxborough-Yankus then had five of the first six Pomona-Pitzer goals in the championship match against Redlands, including all three in the first half, to keep the Sagehens in the game early.
The Sagehens have now won 11 matches in a row, and finished the SCIAC undefeated (10-0 including regular season and postseason, with five of the wins coming in overtime). Pomona-Pitzer moves on to the NCAA Championships at San Diego State in two weeks, where it will likely open against No. 1 Stanford.
Crabo became only the 19th athlete in SCIAC Men’s Track and Field history to win four straight championships in the same event as he won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:03.70, breaking his own meet record. Crabo is only the second athlete to win the SCIAC steeplechase championship four years in a row, joining Phil Sweeney of Occidental (1975-78). Sweeney’s son, Luke ’13, broke the Pomona-Pitzer single-season rushing record this past fall. Unlike last year, when Crabo won by six-hundredths of a second on the final dive to the finish line, he cruised past the competition, winning by over 14 seconds. Pryor Stroud ’15 and Peter Ianelli ’15 also had strong performances in the 1500 meters and the javelin, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively.
On the women’s side, Katie Barton ’15 ran a 63.83 in the 400-meter hurdles, the fastest time for a Sagehen in the 2000’s and the third-fastest time in program history as she finished third in the SCIACs. Annie Lydens ’13 also finished third in the 5000 meters as she came in at 17:44.71, her fastest time of the spring but still almost a minute behind her personal best as she is still feeling the effects of foot surgery after cross country season. Lydens and the Sagehens will travel to the Occidental Invitational to try to earn NCAA qualifying times.
Baseball closed out the regular season with six straight wins as it finished in second place in the SCIAC (19-9), just one game behind league-leading La Verne (20-8). The Sagehens were in the middle of the pack a few weeks ago, but finished 13-2 in their last 15 games to nearly come all the way back for a share of the league title. Pomona-Pitzer defeated Redlands 5-4 on Friday, but were eliminated when La Verne shut out Whittier 3-0.
Jake Bruml ’15 had an outstanding weekend as he took a shutout into the ninth inning against Redlands to get the win and improve to 7-0 on the season on the mound and added a solo homer. On Saturday, he was 3-for-3 with two RBI as Pomona-Pitzer defeated CMS 9-4 to complete a four-game season sweep of their cross-street rivals. Travis Rooke-Ley PI ’12 picked up his eighth win of the season on the mound and Guy Stevens ’13 threw four innings of relief for his fifth save of the year. Pomona-Pitzer will now wait to find out if its strong finish was enough to get an NCAA Division III bid.
Women’s Lacrosse had a strong finish to its season as the Sagehens defeated Whittier 16-9 in the first round of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament, and then led top-seeded Redlands 4-3 at the half before falling 10-7, despite missing one of its top players, Logan Galansky ’14, with an injury. Jana London PI ’14 made up the difference by scoring a career-high nine goals against Whittier, tying the Poets all by herself, and Julie Necarsumler ’15 contributed three goals against Redlands. Martha Marich ’12 had five goals against Whittier as well and concluded her spectacular career with 331 goals, including 113 as a sophomore, when she led the country.
Men’s and Women’s Tennis competed at the Ojai Tournament in their final tune-up before the SCIAC Championships this weekend. On the women’s side, Jamie Solomon PI ’13 reached the Round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles, with teammate Kara Wang ’13. Sammy Chao ’14 lost her first dual of the season (11-1), but it came to one of the top Division II players in the country from Cal State Los Angeles, as she remains undefeated against Division III opponents.
On the men’s side, Kevin Wei ’15 had a strong match to reach the Round of 32, while Frankie Allinson ’13 and Max Sabel PI ’13 reached the quarterfinals in doubles. Sabel also won the consolation bracket in singles after dropping his first match. The Men’s Tennis team will travel to Redlands this weekend for SCIAC Championships, where it will be the No. 3 seed, while the Women’s Tennis team will travel to Cal Lutheran as the No. 2 seed.
Softball qualified for the SCIAC Tournament for the first time since 2008, but lost two games on the first day to end their season at 22-19, setting a school record for wins. Ari Roach PI ’12 and Emily Glass ’15 both hit home runs in their first career postseason at-bats (it was also the first collegiate home run for Glass) in a loss to CMS.