This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw the Men's Soccer and Volleyball teams both go undefeated and pick up important SCIAC wins, while the Women's Soccer team bounced back from a tough loss to secure its hold on one of the top spots in the conference standings as well.
The Men's Soccer team continued its recent resurgence with a pair of home wins, defeating Caltech on Monday and then rallying from behind to edge Whittier 2-1 on Saturday. The Whittier win was crucial to the Sagehens' SCIAC Postseason Tournament hopes, and Paul Picciano '16 came through with his first two collegiate goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation to give Pomona-Pitzer the 2-1 come-from-behind win. Picciano tied the score when he finished off a cross from Nathan Shekita '15 in the 79th minute and then five minutes later converted the game-winner on a breakaway off a through ball from Drew Lind PI '13.
Arash Mahboubi '15 and Jk Gopakumar '17 each had a goal and an assist in Monday's win over Caltech, while Lind and Ian Maier '14 added goals as well. Pomona-Pitzer will look to continue climbing towards the top four spots in the conference standings this week with a pair of key local road games, traveling to La Verne on Monday (7 p.m.) and CMS (1 p.m.).
Volleyball went 3-0 on a busy weekend with three sweeps, defeating Kenyon on Friday night and Whittier and Susquehanna on Saturday. The Whittier win was crucial, as the Sagehens entered the match tied in the SCIAC standings with the Poets, but were able to move in front into a top four position. Allie Frappier '15, the nation's leader in kills per set, returned after missing the last three matches and had 21 kills in the 3-0 win over Whittier and 18 kills in the 3-0 win over Susquehanna. Kelli Derrah '17 led the Sagehens with 14 kills against Kenyon, while Ellen Yamasaki PI '15 had back-to-back kills with the score tied 23-23 in the second game of the win over Whittier. The Sagehens face a busy week, hosting La Verne on Tuesday, traveling to Whittier for a rematch on Friday, and then hosting Rose-Hulman and No. 3 Cal Lutheran on Saturday.
Women's Soccer faced Cal Lutheran at home on Wednesday in the rain in a battle for first place in the SCIAC and were 90 seconds away from sole possession of first place in the league, but the Regals were awarded a penalty kick with 1:28 left to tie the score 2-2 and then won five minutes into the first overtime. Nicole Quilliam '15 had put Pomona-Pitzer ahead with her team-high seventh goal of the year with 18 minutes to play. The Sagehens regrouped, though, and went on the road to defeat La Verne 4-1 on Saturday, behind two goals from Allie Tao '14. Amanda Coba '15 and Agueda Dudley-Berrios '17 also added second-half goals for the Sagehens, who travel to Occidental on Wednesday before hosting CMS on Saturday.
Football ran into a hot Chapman team on Saturday and put up a tough battle for a while, trailing 34-21 in the third quarter, before the Panthers pulled away for a 62-21 win. Alex Bresler '17 made his first start at quarterback and was 15-of-20 passing in the first half before finishing 22-of-38 for 225 yards and a touchdown, as well as two rushing touchdowns on quarterback sneaks. Duncan Hussey '13 (CGU '15) had 10 catches for 119 yards and Ryan Randle '14 added eight catches for 78 yards. Kyle Roskamp '14 led the defense with 11 tackles, while Don Swan '15 had a diving interception in the third quarter to set up Pomona-Pitzer's third touchdown. The Sagehens travel to Whittier this weekend for a 3 p.m. contest.
Men's Water Polo competed in the highly-competitive UC Irvine Invitational this weekend, a 16-team field in which 14 of the teams were nationally ranked. The Sagehens fell to No. 1 UCLA, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 13 UC San Diego and No. 15 Santa Clara, raising their total to 13 matches against nationally ranked teams this year (nine of which were top 10). James Baker '17 had both Pomona-Pitzer goals against No. 1 UCLA, giving him six goals in two matches against teams ranked No. 1 (he had four goals against then-No. 1 USC earlier this year). Ryan Higgins '14 and Jarrod Gaut PI '14 had three goals apiece in an 11-7 loss to Santa Clara to close out the tournament. Pomona-Pitzer opens SCIAC play this week with home matches against Cal Lutheran on Wednesday and Occidental on Saturday, and adds a non-conference match with Air Force on Saturday as well.
After being idle this past week, the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams will compete on Friday at the annual SCIAC Multi-Duals held at La Mirada Park. The Men's Cross Country team has been in a tight battle with CMS for the top spot in the West Region all fall, and Friday's results will likely swing that poll in one direction or the other.
Women's Tennis had its doubles team of Sammy Chao '14 and Lea Lynn Yen '16 compete at the ITA Small College Nationals in Fort Myers, Florida. The duo picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win over St. Thomas (Minn.) to reach the semifinals, where they fell to the eventual champions from Williams College. Yen documented her experiences at the ITA Nationals in her Women's Tennis blog, which can be reached at this link.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Monday, Oct. 14
Men's Soccer at La Verne, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Volleyball (H) vs. La Verne, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Men's Water Polo (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 4 p.m.
Women's Soccer at Occidental, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18
Cross Country at SCIAC Multi-Duals, 4:30 p.m. (La Mirada Park)
Volleyball at Whittier, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Women's Soccer (H) vs. CMS, 11 a.m.
Men's Water Polo (H) vs. Occidental, 11 a.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Rose-Hulman, 12 p.m.
Men's Soccer at CMS, 1 p.m.
Football at Whittier, 3 p.m.
Men's Water Polo (H) vs. Air Force, 3 p.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 6 p.m.