This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw the Women's Soccer team maintain its share of first place in the SCIAC with two road wins, setting up a big home game with Cal Lutheran on Wednesday, while the Men's Cross Country team was the top Division III finisher (second overall) at the annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
Women's Soccer defeated Whittier 1-0 on Wednesday behind an early goal from Agueda Dudley-Berrios '17, and then edged Redlands 2-1 on Saturday thanks to a pair of goals from Nicole Quilliam '15, the second of which broke a tie with just over 18 minutes left. She scored an early goal in the fourth minute off a pass from Allie Tao '14, and after Redlands tied the score late in the first half, she added the game-winner when she pounced on a loose ball after classmate Amanda Coba '15 had a shot deflected. The Sagehens improved to 7-1-1 with their 2-0 week, including 5-1 in the SCIAC, setting up a first-place battle with co-leader Cal Lutheran on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Men's Soccer, meanwhile, hosts Caltech on Monday (4 p.m.) and Whittier on Saturday (11 a.m.) after tying Cal Lutheran 1-1 on Saturday on a Jk Gopakumar '17 goal.
Men's Cross Country had three of the top 10 finishers and seven of the top 25 as it finished second out of 13 teams at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday, behind only Division II Cal Poly Pomona. Ben Girodias '15 led the way with a fourth-place finish (first among Division III competitors), while John Fowler '16 came in eighth place and Paul Messana PI '17 was in tenth. CMS, which edged the Sagehens last week at the Stanford Invitational, was the second-highest Division III team in fourth place. The Women's Cross Country team came in sixth place, with Camille Matonis PI '15 leading the Sagehens with a 20th place finish.
In addition to the Pomona-Pitzer Cross Country Invitational, the Sagehens also hosted the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament on Friday and Saturday with 16 matches at Haldeman Pool. Pomona-Pitzer defeated Fresno Pacific 11-6 and gave No. 10 Loyola Marymount a tough battle before falling 12-7 (the score was tied 5-5 in the second half), while dropping a nailbiter to Johns Hopkins 12-11 and falling to No. 7 Long Beach State 19-6. Jarrod Gaut PI '14 had the top scoring effort of the weekend with four goals against Johns Hopkins, while Nic Lanker '17 was the only player to score in all four matches, tallying six goals on the weekend. Caleb Prater-Fahey earned the win in goal against Fresno Pacific with nine saves. The Sagehens are at UC Irvine's Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, opening against No. 1 UCLA on Saturday at 8 a.m., their second match-up with the Bruins this year.
Volleyball had a 2-1 week, earning a big road win over No. 20 CMS in three sets, all of which were right down to the wire (27-25, 26-24, 25-23). Allie Frappier '15 had 27 kills, extending her national lead in kills per set to 5.69. The Sagehens rallied from a 19-11 deficit in the first game, and a 23-18 deficit in the third game (closing out with a 7-0 run) and sealed the win with a block from Kirea Mazzolini '15 and Ellen Yamasaki PI '15. Frappier and Mazzolini both missed a Friday home match with Redlands, but the Sagehens prevailed behind freshmen Stephanie Sun '17 (17 kills) and Kelli Derrah (12 kills). Frappier also missed a Saturday match at Chapman, which the Panthers won 3-1.
Football opened SCIAC play with a home loss to Cal Lutheran, with Brett Harper '16 leading the offense with 75 yards rushing and the lone Sagehen touchdown, which was set up by a fumble forced by Vince Morgan '15 and recovered by Nick Sbardellati '14. Alex Bresler '17 threw for 100 yards in his first collegiate action. Duncan Hussey '13 (CGU '15) caught seven passes for 63 yards and was featured in the Sunday Los Angeles Times in an article by Helene Elliott for his decision to put off medical school to return for his final season (link). The Sagehens will be back in action at home this Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Chapman.
The Women's Tennis doubles team of Sammy Chao '13 and Lea Lynn Yen '15 will travel to Florida this week to compete in the ITA Small College Nationals, after winning the ITA West Regional at CMS on Sept. 29. The tournament begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Monday, Oct. 7
Men's Soccer (H) vs. Caltech, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Women's Soccer (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 10
Women's Tennis at ITA Nationals (Fort Myers, Fla.), TBA
Friday, Oct. 11
Volleyball (H) vs. Kenyon, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Men's Water Polo vs. No. 1 UCLA, 8 a.m. (at UC Irvine)
Men's Soccer (H) vs. Whittier, 11 a.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Whittier, 11 a.m.
Football (H) vs. Chapman, 1 p.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Susquehanna, 1 p.m.
Women's Soccer at La Verne, 7 p.m.
Men's Water Polo vs. TBA (at UC Irvine)
Saturday, Oct. 13
Men's Water Polo vs. TBA (at UC Irvine)