The Sagehen Report for November 19
Jake Klewer '14 had the game-winning lay-up at the buzzer as Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball opened the season with a thrilling 81-79 win over Westmont, ranked No. 8 nationally in NAIA.
Mark Hudnall '13 had a team-high three goals to help Men’s Water Polo's senior class end their careers on a high note with a win over No. 19 Santa Clara in the fifth-place game at the Western Water Polo Association Championships.
The fall-to-winter athletics transition concluded this week with both seasons providing great thrills for Sagehen fans. In fact, the final team event of the fall (Men’s Water Polo vs. Santa Clara) and the first team event of the winter (Men’s Basketball vs. Westmont) both produced thrilling down-to-the-wire finishes for victories over nationally-ranked opponents.
Men’s Water Polo concluded the fall season at the WWPA Championships this weekend at Whittier College, and went out on a high note by playing well in all three matches. After giving No. 11 Loyola Marymount all it could handle in the opening round before falling 13-11, the Sagehens defeated CMS 9-8 in overtime in a thriller in the consolation round, with Ryan Higgins ’14 providing the game-winner with 14 seconds left in the first overtime, giving the Sagehens a 2-1 win in the season series against the Stags.
Then, in the fifth place game on Sunday, Pomona-Pitzer earned a 12-11 win over No. 19 Santa Clara, as Cody Moore ’13 broke an 11-11 tie with 27 seconds left on his final collegiate possession and Stephen Vint PI ’15 clinched the win with a steal with less than five seconds left. Moore’s winning goal capped off a great weekend for the team’s three senior starters, as Jason Cox PI ’13 led the Sagehens with five goals in the loss to Loyola Marymount, Moore had a team-high four goals in the win over CMS, and Mark Hudnall ’13 paced Pomona-Pitzer with four goals in the win over Santa Clara.
Meanwhile, the first team event of the winter on Friday saw Men’s Basketball open the 2012-13 campaign with a home game against Westmont, the preseason No. 8 ranked team in NAIA Division I. Both teams came out firing on all cylinders offensively, as Pomona-Pitzer took a 47-45 lead into halftime. The Sagehens seemed to have the upper hand late, pulling ahead by five points with just over 4:00 left in regulation, but Westmont rallied, and a steal and a three-point play gave the Warriors a 77-74 lead with 1:23 to play.
Kyle McAndrews ’15, though, took over down the stretch to will the Sagehens to the win. He fed John Weiss ’14 for a lay-up with 50 seconds left to cut the lead to one, After Westmont made two foul shots, McAndrews made a deep three-pointer off a kick-out pass from Michael Cohen ‘15 to tie the score up 79-79. Westmont called a time-out to try to go for the winning shot, but Cohen (game-high 20 points) poked the ball free just outside the paint, McAndrews beat Westmont to the loose ball, drove the length of the floor, and fed Jake Klewer ’14 with a no-look pass for the game-winning lay-up as the horn sounded for a thrilling 81-79 opening-day win.
The second game of the season for the Sagehens had less drama, as Pomona-Pitzer jumped out to a 17-0 lead on La Sierra on Saturday and went on to an 87-64 victory. McAndrews had 17 of his game-high 19 points in the first half, and Klewer added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor (improving to 9-of-9 so far this season). Pomona-Pitzer will be in action this weekend at the David Wells Classic, facing Master’s College on Friday at CMS and hosting UC Santa Cruz on Saturday.
The Women’s Basketball team (which had its opener at Hope International postponed on Thursday due to mechanical problems at HIU’s gym), hosts Linfield on Tuesday and then participates in the David Wells as well, hosting Dallas on Friday and playing UC Santa Cruz on Saturday at CMS.
Men’s Cross Country also wrapped up its fall season on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Championships, making its first appearance as a team since 2005. Alex Johnson PI ’13, who had qualified the last two years as an individual, had the best finish for the Sagehens, coming in 64th place with a 25:26, while John Fowler ’16 was the second-fastest Sagehen in 123rd place with a 25:51. As a team, Pomona-Pitzer finished 25th, outperforming its ranking, as the Sagehens entered the championships out of the national top 35.
The Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams were the first winter sports to start their seasons in October, but competed in their first team competition at Cal Baptist on Saturday, with the women earning a 166-96 win behind dominant performances in the freestyle and backstroke. The Sagehens finished 1-2-3 in the 50, 100 and 200 free (as well as the 400 free relay) and also swept the top three positions in the 100 and 200 back. Jenna Haufler ’16 won the 50 and 200 free, Vicky Gyorffy ’15 won the 100 and 500 free, and Mia Hahn ’16 won the 100 and 200 back.
Adding to the victory count on the women’s side were Ellena Basada ’16, who picked up a win in the 400-yard individual medley, and Mari Pettibone PI ’15, who won the 200-yard breaststroke. On the men’s side, Hugh Berryman ’15 earned a title in the 100 free and was runner up in the 50 free, just .10 behind the winner, as the Sagehens lost to the Division II Lancers.
This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Women’s Basketball (H) vs. Linfield, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23
Men’s Basketball vs. Master’s, 5 p.m. (at CMS)
Women’s Basketball (H) vs. Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Santa Cruz, 5 p.m. (at CMS)
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. UC Santa Cruz, 7 p.m.