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Sports Report for the Week of March 31

Ally McLaughlin ’16 helped the Women’s Lacrosse team to a 3-0 week, including a hat trick with nine ground balls in a win over North Central on Thursday.

Ally McLaughlin ’16 helped the Women’s Lacrosse team to a 3-0 week, including a hat trick with nine ground balls in a win over North Central on Thursday.

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This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw Women’s Lacrosse sweep three non-conference games, the Women’s Tennis team jump six spots in the national rankings to No. 6, and the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams produce several individual champions in a SCIAC Quad meet at Occidental.

Women’s Lacrosse finished off a 7-1 month of March by sweeping DePauw, Carthage and North Central at home to reach the 10-win plateau this season (10-3). The Sagehens had little trouble in rolling to the three wins, defeating DePauw 16-8, Carthage 18-7 and North Central 13-8. Ally McLaughlin ’16 had hat tricks against both DePauw and North Central and tallied 19 ground balls in the three games, including a season-high nine in the North Central win. Jana London PI ’14 had eight goals in the Carthage win, while Hannah Christenson ’17 chipped in with four. Women’s Lacrosse returns to SCIAC play this weekend with a road game at CMS.

Women’s Tennis received a nice bump in the national rankings this week, surging up from No. 12 to No. 6 after a two-week stretch which saw the Sagehens defeat the No. 6 (Middlebury), No. 7 (Bowdoin) and No. 8 (Carnegie Mellon) teams in the nation. Pomona-Pitzer rolled to a pair of SCIAC wins, defeating Caltech 8-1 and Occidental 9-0, but fell to No. 2 Williams 8-1, with the doubles team of Mae Coyiuto ’16 and Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 providing the lone point for the Sagehens. Women’s Tennis hosts No. 5 CMS on Saturday at 10 a.m. in a big match at the Pauley Tennis Complex, the first of potentially three meetings between the top 10 squads this year.

Men’s Tennis also jumped in the national rankings from No. 16 to No. 13 and nearly picked up a signature win on Tuesday, earning a match point with a chance to defeat No. 2 Williams (the defending national champion), before the Ephs prevailed in a narrow 5-4 win. Pomona-Pitzer bounced back from that loss to roll past No. 19 UC Santa Cruz 8-1 on Friday. Josh Kim ’17 was inserted into the singles lineup at the last moment against Williams and picked up a dominant 6-1, 6-0 win and then prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker against UC Santa Cruz. Connor Hudson ’15 also won in both singles and doubles against UC Santa Cruz, while Anthony Bello ’17 and Spencer Simonides ’17 closed out the week with singles wins against Caltech. The Sagehens host Redlands in a key SCIAC battle on Friday at 2 p.m., before traveling across the street to face No. 1 CMS on Saturday.

Men’s Track and Field and Women’s Track and Field competed at Occidental in a SCIAC Quad meet, along with CMS and Caltech. Ailene Nguyen ’16 won four events (three individual, one relay) for the women’s team, breaking her own school record in the triple jump and adding wins in the long jump and 100 meters. She also anchored the 4x100 relay team to a come-from-behind win in the final leg. Stassja Sichko ’15 and Maya Wiegel ’17 finished 1-2 in the 800 meters, and Cat Banobi ’17 was first in the 400 meters. On the men’s side, Titus Van Hook ’14 took both the 100 and the 200 meters, Ben Girodias ’15 won big in the 5000, and Chris Garnatz ’15 was first in the javelin. Paul Messana PI ’17 ran the fastest 800 time in Division III so far this season, moving into fifth in Pomona-Pitzer history. 

Baseball received another monster performance from Simon Rosenbaum ’16, who was named the Division III National Player of the Week on March 3 after a 10-RBI doubleheader at Redlands. He nearly matched that in a home doubleheader against La Verne on Saturday with nine RBI, although the Sagehens came up short in both games. Rosenbaum had a two-out, two-run single in the ninth to tie the opening game 5-5 before the Leopards won 9-5 in 10 innings. In the nightcap, he homered in his first two at bats (a two-run shot in the first and a three-run shot in the third) and added a double off the top of the wall and a single that bounced off the center field fence, for a 4-for-5, seven-RBI effort in a 14-9 defeat. The Sagehens host Caltech on Friday as they will try to earn head coach Frank Pericolosi his 300th career win.

Softball picked up a couple of wins on the week, as Bianca Cockrell ’17 threw a two-hit shutout in a non-conference win over Willamette on Wednesday. On Friday, Lauren Boden ’14, Susanne Boden ’16 and Caitlyn Hynes ’14 picked up seventh-inning RBI as the Sagehens defeated La Verne 7-4 in the second game of a twinbill. Meagan Tokunaga ’15 added a home run against Willamette, while Katie Page ’17 was 3-for-3 with two RBI in the Willamette doubleheader. Softball hosts Chapman on Friday in a doubleheader before traveling to Redlands on Saturday.

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Wednesday, April 2
Men’s Golf at Chapman, 12 noon
Women’s Water Polo at Redlands, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 4
Men’s Track and Field at CA/NV Championships, 10 a.m. (at UC San Diego)
Women’s Track and Field at CA/NV Championships, 10 a.m. (at UC San Diego)
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Redlands, 2 p.m.
Softball (H) vs. Chapman, 2 p.m. (DH)
Baseball (H) vs. Caltech, 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 5
Men’s Golf at SCIAC #2, 9 a.m. (Empire Lakes)
Women’s Golf at SCIAC #2, 9 a.m. (Empire Lakes)
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. CMS, 10 a.m.

Men’s Track and Field at CA/NV Championships, 10 a.m. (at UC San Diego)
Women’s Track and Field at CA/NV Championships, 10 a.m. (at UC San Diego)
Baseball at Caltech, 11 a.m. (DH)
Softball at Redlands, 12 p.m. (DH)
Women’s Lacrosse at CMS, 1 p.m.
Men’s Tennis at CMS, 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 6
Men’s Golf at SCIAC #2, 9 a.m. (Empire Lakes)
Women’s Golf at SCIAC #2, 9 a.m. (Empire Lakes)