The Sagehen Report for April 29
This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw Women's Water Polo win a SCIAC Championship, two Women's Track and Field athletes earn SCIAC titles, and the Baseball team close out the regular season with a pair of wins to lock up the second seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
Women's Water Polo defended its SCIAC title with a dominant performance in which it never trailed the entire weekend on its way to an 18-7 win over Chapman, a 10-6 win over Occidental and a 10-7 win over Redlands to earn its way back to the NCAA Tournament. Sarah Tuggy '13 had 35 saves over the weekend in goal and will now be playing in her third NCAA Tournament in her four years. Mahalia Prater-Fahey '15 and Katy Schaefer PI '16 tied for team-high honors with nine goals apiece over the three-game weekend. (More on the Women's Water Polo defeat of Redlands)
Ailene Nguyen '16 won the SCIAC Championship in the long jump by setting a school record with a jump of 18-8, breaking the old mark of 18-4 which had held since Jenny Stary '80 set it in 1977. It was the oldest standing record in Pomona-Pitzer Women's Track and Field. Katie Barton '15 also earned a SCIAC Championship in the 400-meter hurdles, winning the race by four-hundredths of a second, as she finished in 63.10 to edge out Ashley Lively of Redlands (63.14). (More on Women's Track and Field SCIAC championships)
Baseball went 3-1 in SCIAC Round Robin play, and celebrated Senior Day with two home games on Sunday, defeating La Verne 5-4 and Whittier 12-6. The seniors all produced big numbers, especially Erik Munzer PI '13, who was 8-for-9 in the two games with five RBI, reaching base in his first 10 plate appearances before finally making an out in his last at-bat. Nick Gentili '13 was 5-for-9, Mike Moyer '13 had hits and scored runs in both games, Collin Majev '13 got the win in the first game, Stuart Gano PI '13 had the win in the second game, and Guy Stevens '13 and Lorcan McGonigle '13 closed out the Whittier win in relief. Pomona-Pitzer will be the second seed in the upcoming SCIAC Tournament and will host Redlands at 3 p.m. on Friday in one of two opening-round games. (More on the baseball games)
Women's Tennis competed at the annual Ojai Valley Tournament, and Mae Coyiuto '16 had an impressive run to the semifinals, upsetting the top seed in the tournament in the quarterfinals in a third-set tiebreaker. Sammy Chao '14 and Kara Wang '13 also reached the semifinals in doubles. Men's and Women's Tennis will both be in the SCIAC Championships this weekend.
Women's Lacrosse won the rubber game in its Sixth Street rivalry by knocking off CMS in the opening round of the SCIAC Tournament in overtime by a 12-11 score. Jana London PI '14 had seven goals, including the game-winner in sudden death overtime, which came after Katie Savino '16 had a huge defensive play to force a turnover and deny CMS a winning shot attempt. The Sagehens fell to top-seeded Redlands in the semifinals on Saturday 17-7, despite four more goals from London.
Women's Golf was at their SCIAC Championship this weekend and are 2/3 of the way through after putting up the two top team scores in the young history of the program (353-348). Tiffany Gu '16 shot a 75 in the second round for the top score in the entire field, while Laura Berman '14 has started out with a solid 82-84 in the first two rounds. Chandler Jennings '14 has topped the Men's Golf team with a 78-78 in the first two rounds.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Friday, May 3
Baseball vs. Redlands (H), 3 p.m. (SCIAC Opening Round)
Men's Tennis at Whittier, 2 p.m. (SCIAC Opening Round)
Women's Tennis vs. Cal Lutheran, 2 p.m. at La Verne (SCIAC Opening Round)
Saturday, May 4
Baseball vs. TBA (at Cal Lutheran)
Women's Tennis vs. TBA (at La Verne)
Men's Tennis vs. TBA (at Whittier)
M/W Track & Field at Occidental Invitational, 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 5
Baseball vs. TBA (at Cal Lutheran) - If Sagehens advance