The Sagehen Report for October 15
Senior co-captain Robbie Hull '13 has led the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team to a six-game win streak, putting the Sagehens in first place in the SCIAC with two weeks to play in the regular season.
The Men’s Soccer and Men’s Water Polo teams were both 2-0 in the SCIAC this week to remain in first place, while the Men’s Cross Country and Women’s Cross Country teams had strong second-place finishes at the SCIAC Multi-Duals on Friday.
Men’s Soccer jumped into first place in the SCIAC last Saturday with an emotional 2-1 comeback win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, but had to return to action on Monday afternoon for a home game with Cal Lutheran and then travel to Chapman on Saturday. Conditions were ripe for a letdown, but the Sagehens did anything but ease off the throttle, as they came out flying in both contests, taking a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes against Cal Lutheran and jumping out to a 1-0 lead on Chapman on a goal in the eighth minute. Pomona-Pitzer would go on to defeat Cal Lutheran 5-2 and Chapman 2-0 to remain in first place while extending its winning streak to six games.
Lawrence McDonald PI ’15 scored the first goal against Cal Lutheran and set up the second from Nathan Shekita ’15 on Pomona-Pitzer’s first two shots of the game. After The Kingsmen scored to make it 2-1 midway through the first half, Arash Mahboubi ’15 was taken down in the box just 18 seconds later and slotted home a penalty kick to make the score 3-1. Harris Levin ’14 and Avery Raimondo ’15 added second-half goals as the Sagehens had five different goal scorers on the day. Drew Lind PI ’14, meanwhile, scored both Pomona-Pitzer goals in the win over Chapman off of passes from Shekita and Mahboubi. The Sagehens will host Whittier on Wednesday, which was the last team to defeat them back on Sept. 22.
Men’s Water Polo faced a tough road test at Cal Lutheran on Wednesday, built a big lead, and held on for a 12-10 win to improve to 2-0 in league play. Ryan Higgins ’14, who was named the Western Water Polo Association Player of the Week the previous week, led the way for the Sagehens with four goals, while Jason Cox PI ’13 added three. Saturday’s road game was much easier, as Pomona-Pitzer rolled to a 19-6 win over Occidental, with Travis Larsen ’15 and Stephen Vint PI ’15 each tallying three goals. The Sagehens are one of three SCIAC teams still unbeaten in league play (along with Whittier and CMS) and will look to keep that streak going with a home game against Redlands on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country both finished in second place at the SCIAC Multi-Duals, tallying a 7-1 record at the event. The men were led by the solid performance of Alex Johann ’14, Alex Johnson PI ’13, and Ben Girodias ’15 who finished 6-7-8, while John Fowler ’16 earned a tenth place finish to give the Sagehens one runner in each class in the top 10. The women, meanwhile, had a closer battle for second, edging Occidental 28-27. Annie Lydens ’13 was 12th overall, while Claire Brickson ’14 was right behind in 13th. Brickson’s race was key, as she was followed by three runners from Occidental, while Camille Matonis ’15 edged out an Occidental runner by 1.8 seconds for 18th place, which also provided the narrow margin of victory.
Women’s Soccer had a week of frustration, falling 1-0 to Chapman at home on Wednesday and taking first-place Cal Lutheran down to the wire before falling 2-1 on a late goal with 3:11 to play. Sam Thompson PI ’15 had the tying goal against Cal Lutheran off a corner kick from Rachel Keyser ’15 and the game appeared headed for overtime before the Regals struck on a late crossing pass. The Sagehens travel to Whittier on Wednesday and host Occidental on Saturday in games that are pivotal to their SCIAC playoff hopes.
Football also had a frustrating week, falling 34-20 to Whittier in a game it had every chance to win. The Sagehens led 10-0 early, and 10-7 at the half, but Whittier took the lead for good on an interception return early in the third quarter. Trailing 20-17, Luke Sweeney ’13 was in the middle of a long rush up the right sideline, when he went down untouched with an injury and did not return. Sweeney had 189 yards at the time, leaving him 10 yards short of tying the school’s career record of 2,767 yards held by Jim Regan, and he might have broken the record on that play if he did not get hurt.
Yoshi Rothman ’13 and Ryan Randle ’14 caught touchdown passes from Luke Ferguson ’13, and Michael Weil ’14 kicked two field goals for the Sagehens. Defensively, Kyle Roskamp ’14 had 14 tackles, including one on fourth down at the Pomona-Pitzer two-yard line to stop a drive, while Jake Rollins ’13 had 12 tackles and two forced fumbles. Pomona-Pitzer travels to La Verne this week for a 1 p.m. contest.
Volleyball went 1-2 on the week with a win over Caltech and losses to Cal Lutheran and Occidental as it was eliminated from postseason play. Ellen Yamasaki PI ’15 led the Sagehens in kills in all three matches, and has now led Pomona-Pitzer in that category six straight matches. Samantha Cahill ’15 also had a solid week, including 11 kills in 28 attempts in a loss to Occidental.
This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. Whittier, 4 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Redlands, 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Whittier, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Occidental, 11 a.m.
Football at La Verne, 1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer at Occidental, 7 p.m.