The Sagehen Report for October 21
Brett Lingle '13 (CGU '15) forced the fumble which clinched the Football team's 17-10 overtime win at Whittier
This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams sweep CMS, while the Football team gutted out a 17-10 overtime win at Whittier.
Women’s Soccer continued its potentially historic season with a pair of wins, defeating Occidental 3-0 on the road on Wednesday and then defeating CMS 2-1 at home on Saturday, reaching the 10-win plateau (10-2-1) with four regular season contests remaining. The school record for wins in a season is 11, set by the 2005 team, which won the SCIAC title, a goal which is still in reach for this year’s squad which is one-game behind league-leading Cal Lutheran. One more win would also clinch a SCIAC Postseason Tournament bid.
The Occidental game saw Allie Tao ’14 tally a goal and an assist as she continued to add to her impressive career numbers (21 goals, 15 assists). She has been especially deadly at Occidental, where she had three goals and an assist in a 4-3 win in 2011, and two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win last year. The CMS win saw Katie Tao ’17, Allie’s younger sister, tally a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win, scoring on a 40-yard blast in the final minute of the first half and adding an assist on the eventual game-winner from Julia Dohner ’16 in the second half. The Sagehens travel to Chapman on Wednesday before entertaining Whittier on Saturday.
Men’s Soccer followed suit in the CMS soccer sweep on Saturday by taking a 1-0 road win. Nathan Shekita ’15 scored 5:59 into the second half for the game’s only goal, and Nigel Brady ’15 tallied seven saves to get the shutout. Pomona-Pitzer hosts Cal Lutheran on Wednesday as it looks to get back level in conference and stay in striking distance of a postseason berth.
Football spoiled Whittier’s homecoming with a 17-10 overtime win on Saturday. After falling behind 10-0 in the game’s first eight minutes, the Sagehen defense did not allow a point the rest of the way. Alex Bresler ’17 threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brett Harper ’16 on Pomona-Pitzer’s lone overtime possession, and the defense earned one last stop, as Brett Lingle ’13 (CGU ’15) forced a fumble on third down, and Brian Friel ’15 recovered it. Senior linebackers Nick Sbardellati ’14 (11 tackles) and Kyle Roskamp (nine tackles) led the Pomona-Pitzer defense, while Weston Staubus ’14 and Nelson Cole ’16 added interceptions. The Sagehens host La Verne this Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest at Merritt Field.
Volleyball had a strong week as well, compiling a 3-1 record with the only loss coming in a close battle to No. 3 Cal Lutheran on Saturday, which snapped a six-match win streak. The Sagehens defeated La Verne 3-1 on Tuesday, Whittier 3-0 on Friday and Rose-Hulman 3-0 on Saturday in a non-league contest. Allie Frappier ’15 continued her torrid play which has her leading the nation in kills by a huge margin, tallying 27 in the win over La Verne and a career-high tying 32 in the loss to Cal Lutheran. Kelli Derrah ’17 added a career-high 19 kills in the win over Rose-Hulman, which went five games before the Sagehens won 15-7 in the fifth. Pomona-Pitzer travels to Occidental on Friday, and then hosts CMS on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo has played its usual rough schedule with 14 ranked teams (nine of which were top 10), but the battle-tested Sagehens responded to the start of SCIAC play with a pair of home wins, defeating Cal Lutheran 10-7 on Wednesday and Occidental 16-7 on Saturday. Jarrod Gaut PI ’14 had a huge week with three goals against Cal Lutheran, four against Occidental, and four in a 15-12 loss to No. 19 Air Force. Stephen Vint PI ’15 added four goals against Cal Lutheran, including three in the decisive fourth quarter, while James Baker ’17 had three goals against Occidental to continue to lead the Sagehens in scoring in his rookie season. Pomona-Pitzer hosts No. 10 Concordia on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in its only match of the week.
The Cross Country teams competed at the annual SCIAC Multi-Duals, with the Sagehen Men earning a 6-1 record with only a narrow loss to CMS (25-28), while the Women’s Cross Country team was 6-2, finishing behind only CMS and Occidental. Ben Girodias ’15 was fifth in the individual race and John Fowler ’16 finished right behind him in sixth. Claire Brickson ’14 led the women’s team in seventh overall, while Maya Weigel ’17 was tenth.
The first of the winter sports will get underway this weekend with Swimming and Diving heading to the Malibu Invitational, hosted by Pepperdine on Saturday. Women’s Swimming and Diving will be one of the favorites in the SCIAC this year after finishing a close second to CMS last year and returning a majority of its top swimmers, including individual school-record holders Alex Lincoln ’14, Jackie Tran ’15, Mia Hahn ’16 and Ellena Basada ’16. Ferrel Atkins ’16 also returns as the school record holder on the men’s side in the 100-yard breaststroke.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. Cal Lutheran 4 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Chapman, 4 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Concordia, 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25
Volleyball at Occidental, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Women’s Swimming & Diving at Malibu Invitational, 10 a.m.
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Whittier, 11 a.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving at Malibu Invitational, 1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer at Chapman, 1 p.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. CMS, 6 p.m.
Football (H) vs. La Verne, 7 p.m.