This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw a pair of individuals break school records while the Women's Soccer team had a strong showing at the UC Santa Cruz Slugfest, knocking off two previously unbeaten teams.
Duncan Hussey '13 came back for his fifth season this year with the Pomona-Pitzer Football team, and after playing most of his career at safety, he converted to wide receiver for the opening game on Saturday against MIT. His presence proved to be huge, as he set a new school record with four touchdown receptions (three in the fourth quarter) to lead the Sagehens back from a 19-7 deficit before they finally fell 28-26.
Hussey caught his third touchdown on a fourth-down play to give Pomona-Pitzer a 20-19 lead, and after MIT went ahead 28-20, he caught another fourth-down touchdown pass from 33 yards with 1:26 left to pull the Sagehens within 28-26. However, the ensuing two-point conversion failed and MIT recovered the ensuing onside kick to hold on for the win.
Kyle Roskamp '14 and Nick Sbardellati '14 led the defense with 14 and 12 tackles, respectively. Peter Ianelli '15 was 20-30 passing with four touchdowns to Hussey and no interceptions. The Football team will travel to the San Francisco Bay area this weekend to face Menlo for a 12 noon game on Saturday.
Also joining the record books was Allie Frappier '15, who continues to have a huge impact on the Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball program after transferring in this season from Yale. Frappier had 32 kills in a 3-1 win over Schreiner on Saturday at Cal Lutheran's Posada Royale Invitational, setting a new Sagehen mark for most kills in a four-set match. It tied for the second-best in any match, with her own total of 32 set last week in a five-set match, while Joanne Nielson holds the overall record with 35 in a five-set match against Cal State San Bernardino in 1990. The Sagehens went 2-2 overall on the weekend, with a 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Hendrix as well.
Women's Soccer had a big weekend at the UC Santa Cruz Slugfest, defeating the previously unbeaten host Banana Slugs on Friday 2-1 in overtime, and then handing Willamette its first loss with a 2-0 win on Sunday. Rachel Keyser '15, an outside defender, scored her first career goal less than two minutes into the first overtime to give the Sagehens the win over UC Santa Cruz, after Nicole Quilliam '15 tied the score in the second half. Corey Goelz '17 had a big debut with 10 saves to get the win. Charlotte Fisken '14 and Allie Tao '14 had the goals against Willamette, while Annie Wedel '16 had her first career shutout with two saves.
Men's Soccer also had a strong performance against UC Santa Cruz at home on Tuesday, earning a 3-1 win. Voja Maric '17 had a goal and an assist in the first half to stake the Sagehens to an early 2-0 lead. Michael Ceragioli '14 scored the first goal when he knocked home a rebound after Maric hit the post from inside the box. After the Banana Slugs cut the lead to 2-1 midway through the first half, the Sagehens maintained the one-goal lead until the final minute, when Arash Mahboubi '15 got loose behind the defense off a goalie punt from Nigel Brady '15 and put the game away. The Sagehens open SCIAC play this week with home games against La Verne on Monday and CMS on Wednesday.
Men's Water Polo opened its season at the UCLA Invitational with a pair of tough tests against No. 2 UCLA and No. 7 UC Santa Barbara. The Sagehens stayed within 9-3 against UCLA in the first half, before falling 17-4 and then fell 17-7 to UC Santa Barbara. Clayton Hardman '15 and James Baker '17 had two goals apiece against UC Santa Barbara, while Ryan Higgins '14 and Phillip Clayman '16 had goals against UCLA. The Sagehens host No. 11 UC San Diego (11 a.m.) on Saturday and then entertain the top-ranked team in the nation, USC, at 2:45 p.m. at Haldeman Pool.
The Men's and Women's Cross Country teams ran in hot conditions at the UC Irvine Invitational, and mostly ran at a relaxed pace to tune up for later races this season. Claire Brickson '14 and Camille Matonis PI '15 crossed the line together in 15th and 16th place (two-hundredths of a second apart) on the women's side, while Ben Girodias '15 finished 13th on the men's side against competitors from every collegiate division. The Sagehen harriers will be back in action this weekend at the UC Riverside Invitational.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Monday, Sept. 9
Men's Soccer (H) vs. La Verne, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Men's Soccer (H) vs. CMS, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Cross Country at UC Riverside, 7:30 a.m.
Men's Water Polo (H) vs. UCSD, 11 a.m.
Football at Menlo, 12 p.m.
Men's Water Polo (H) vs. USC, 2:45 p.m.