This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw a Men's Cross Country runner put his name aside the program's all-time greats, and a Men's Water Polo freshman score four goals against the top-ranked team in the nation.
In Men's Cross Country Ben Girodias '15 became only the third runner in Pomona-Pitzer history to compete at the UC Riverside Invitational and break the 25-minute mark at UCR's Agricultural Course, helping the Sagehens finish ahead of CMS as the top Division III team at the event.
Girodias finished with a time of 24:54.3 to place 16th overall out of 196 runners from all divisions (14th among collegiate competitors). He joins Will Leer (24:14) and Crosby Freeman (24:43) as the only Pomona-Pitzer runners to break the 25-minute mark at UC Riverside's course, where the Sagehens compete every year. Leer won two national titles at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships earlier this year, while Freeman has run in Olympic qualifiers in the Marathon and has the highest finish at the Division III Cross Country nationals (fifth) in program history.
John Fowler '16 clocked a 25:51.1 and Paul Messana PI '17 earned a 25:52.8 to place 13th and 14th respectively all-time for the Sagehens at UC Riverside. Fowler finished 53rd at the race, while Messana was in 56th. Pomona-Pitzer was 10th out of 23 teams at the event, but first among non-scholarship teams. The Sagehens edged out CMS (275 to 288) in a close battle between the two top teams in the NCAA West Region in the preseason poll, while La Verne was in 13th place.
The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Cross Country team finished ninth out of 16 teams, as Claire Brickson '14 and Camille Matonis PI ‘15 had their normal side-by-side finish in the 6K race, but they were joined this time by Maya Weigel ‘17. Brickson finished with a 22:29.0 to place 40th out of 114 runners in all divisions, Matonis crossed the line in 22:30.6, good for 42nd, and Weigel came in 43rd in 22:31.2.
Men's Water Polo continued its brutal early-season schedule by facing four ranked teams this weekend, including three in the top 10. Top-ranked USC visited Haldeman Pool on Saturday, and although the Trojans earned a 24-6 win, James Baker '17 had a match to remember with four goals against the nation's best team (USC has won 37 matches in a row) in only his fourth collegiate match. Phillip Clayman '16 and Tommy Tuner '17 added goals against the Trojans. Clayman and Clayton Hardman '15 had two goals apiece as the Sagehens gave No. 10 UC San Diego a strong battle before falling 9-5.
Football traveled to Menlo and came up on the short end of a 35-6 score. Brett Harper '16 scored the Pomona-Pitzer points on a six-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, while Duncan Hussey '13 (CGU '15) had six catches for 63 yards. Kyle Roskamp '14 had eight tackles, and Scott Tan '16 added seven to lead the defense.
Men's Soccer got league play started and lost a pair of SCIAC game at home to La Verne and CMS. Voja Maric '17 gave the Sagehens a 1-0 lead in the first half against CMS, but the Stags tied the game on a penalty kick and won it with 4:54 left in the second overtime. Jk Gopakumar '17 nearly won the game in the closing minutes of regulation, but his shot from 15 yards was cleared off the line by a Stag defender.
After being idle last week, Volleyball and Women's Soccer open SCIAC play this week against La Verne. Volleyball travels down Bonita Avenue on Tuesday evening for a road match, while Women's Soccer entertains the Leopards at home on Wednesday.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Volleyball at La Verne, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Women's Soccer (H) vs. La Verne, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Women's Soccer (H) vs. Occidental, 11 a.m.
Men's Water Polo at Cal Baptist, 11:30 a.m.
Men's Soccer at Caltech, 4 p.m.
Men's Water Polo vs. Occidental, 5:45 p.m. (at CBU)
Sunday, Sept. 22
Men's Soccer (H) vs. Texas-Dallas, 11 a.m.