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The Sagehen Report for November 12

The Peace Pipe returned to the South side of Sixth Street after a 37-0 rout of CMS.

The Peace Pipe returned to the South side of Sixth Street after a 37-0 rout of CMS.

This week in Sagehen Athletics saw the Football team take back the Peace Pipe in dominating fashion with a 37-0 shutout of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, while the Men’s Cross Country team came in second place at the regionals to qualify for the NCAA Division III Cross Country championships this weekend in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The Football program honored its 11 seniors prior to the annual rivalry game with CMS, and the senior class ended their careers with a dominant 37-0 win to take back the Peace Pipe for the first time since 2006. The shutout was the first for the program since the 2000 team defeated Oberlin 51-0.

Leading the way for the senior class was Luke Sweeney ’13, who returned from an injury to play in his first game since Oct. 13 against Whittier and carried for 247 yards on 33 carries. He needed 11 yards to break the program’s all-time career rushing record (2,767 held set by Jim Regan from 1995-98) and accomplished that feat on his first two carries of the day. His 247 yards were 18 shy of his own school record set last year against Occidental and ranks third on the single-game list in Pomona-Pitzer history, and also enabled him to cross the 3,000 yard plateau (he finished with 3,004 in his career). 

After Sweeney’s 39-yard touchdown gave the Sagehens a 7-0 lead on their first drive of the game, two other seniors connected for the team’s second touchdown of the day, as Luke Ferguson ’13 found Yoshi Rothman ’13 from 18 yards out in the second quarter. After taking a 16-0 lead at halftime, Brett Harper ’16 took an option from Ferguson and scampered 69 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the second half to stretch the lead to 23-0. Ferguson added a 23-yard touchdown pass to Harper on fourth down later in the third quarter, and Sweeney capped off the scoring with a 16-yard run with 2:39 left in the third quarter. 

Defensively, Jake Rollins ’13 had a team-high eight tackles and forced two fumbles, while Weston Staubus ’14 and Colin Brown ’16 added second half interceptions to preserve the shutout. Seniors Colin Mitchell ’13 and Brett Lingle ’13 each added five tackles and a sack to the dominant defensive performance, as the Sagehens held CMS to only 190 yards of total offense (compared to 499 for Pomona-Pitzer). 

The good news wasn’t confined to Merritt Field on Saturday, Men’s Cross Country had three runners in the top 10 to finish second at the NCAA West Regionals in Salem, Ore. Alex Johnson PI ’13 led the way with a fourth-place finish with a time of 24:41, as the top seven Sagehens all shattered their personal bests. Alex Johann ‘14 and Ben Girodias ‘15 each earned top 10 finishes for the Sagehens, coming in eighth and ninth place respectively, less than one second apart with times of 24:50.48 and 24:51.12. John Fowler ‘16 was in 15th place with a 24:58.81, and Pryor Stroud ‘15 came in 25:42.20 to round out the top five. The NCAA Division III Championships will be this weekend in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

On the women’s side, All-American Annie Lydens ’13 ran the final race of her cross country career after an injury-plagued fall and finished seventh with a time of 21:29.98. She easily would have qualified for nationals, where she finished third last year and is the top returning runner in the country, but she will be unable to attend since she is a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship and has her interview with the Rhodes Committee on Saturday. Claire Brickson ‘14 and Camille Matonis PI ‘15 finished second and third on the Sagehens and came in 36th and 37th place overall, essentially crossing the line together with a 22:41.22 and 22:41.26, respectively. Roxanne Cook PI ‘13 was 50th and Molly Cole ’16 came in 61st to round out the top five for Pomona-Pitzer.

Men’s Water Polo’s bid to repeat as SCIAC Championship came up short as the Sagehens suffered their first loss conference loss in the finals of the postseason tournament to CMS. Pomona-Pitzer advanced to the finals with a 15-5 win over Occidental in the quarterfinals and a 15-11 win over Whittier in the semis, but never led in the championship match. Jarrod Gaut PI ’14 led the Sagehens with four goals apiece in the semis and finals, while Stephen Vint PI ’15 had four goals in the quarterfinals and five assists in the finals. Pomona-Pitzer will be in action this weekend at the WWPA Championships at Whittier, opening up against second-seeded Loyola Marymount on Friday. 

The winter season continued to get underway as the Men’s Swimming and Women’s Swimming teams competed at the Redlands Pentathlon. Vicky Gyorffy ’15 had a strong showing in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing second (out of over 100 competitors) with a 55.35, with Jenna Haufler ’16 close behind in fourth at 55.77. Haufler was also fourth in the 100 IM, while Mia Hahn ’16 was third in the 100 back, followed by Jackie Tran ’15 in fourth, and Sarah Tuggy ’13 was fourth in the 100 breast. On the men’s side, Hugh Berryman ’15 was the top Sagehen, finishing seventh in the 100 free and 10th in the 100 IM.

Pomona-Pitzer Basketball gets started this week, with the Women’s Basketball team opening on Thursday at Hope International, while the Men’s Basketball hosts back-to-back home games on Friday against Westmont and on Saturday against La Sierra, both at 7:30 p.m. The Women’s Basketball team has its home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against Linfield (6 p.m.). 

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This Week’s Schedule

Home Events In Bold

Thursday, Nov. 15
Women’s Basketball at Hope International, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16
Men’s Water Polo vs. LMU (WWPA at Whittier), 1:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Women’s Diving at Redlands Invitational, 10 a.m.
Men’s Cross Country at NCAA Championships, 11 a.m.
Women’s Swimming at Cal Baptist, 11 a.m.
Men’s Water Polo at WWPA (at Whittier), TBA
Men’s Basketball vs. La Sierra, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18
Men’s Water Polo at WWPA (at Whittier), TBA