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Sports Report for the Week of April 21

Rebecca Long ’17 had the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime to give the Women’s Lacrosse team the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament.

Rebecca Long ’17 had the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime to give the Women’s Lacrosse team the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament.

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This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw heavy drama, with both the Women’s Water Polo and Women’s Lacrosse teams capturing winner-take-all battles for the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament in sudden death overtime on Saturday.

The day began with Women’s Water Polo traveling across Sixth Street to face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Sagehens came into the day with a 6-1 SCIAC record, while the Athenas were a perfect 7-0. Pomona-Pitzer had four different goal scorers in the early going as it stormed out to a 4-0 lead, but CMS regrouped and was able to pull ahead 6-5 in the third quarter.

The Sagehens responded with goals from Mahalia Prater-Fahey ’15 and Alyssa Woodward PI ’15 to take the lead back at 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter, before CMS tied it with 6:30 to play. The score stayed stuck at 7-7 through the final 6:30 of regulation and six minutes of overtime, sending the game into sudden death. On Pomona-Pitzer’s first possession, Woodward drew a penalty in front of the net and was awarded a five-meter shot, which she converted to give the Sagehens the thrilling win. Prater-Fahey and Woodward both finished with three goals for Pomona-Pitzer, which will be the top seed at this weekend’s SCIAC Tournament, hosted by Whittier.

The drama repeated itself in the evening, as Women’s Lacrosse traveled to Redlands for its regular season finale. The Sagehens entered the game 7-2 in the SCIAC, while first-place Redlands was 8-1, and Pomona-Pitzer would have the tiebreaker advantage if it won, meaning that the winner would earn the top seed in the SCIAC and the right to host all of its tournament games.

The game see-sawed back and forth, as Redlands jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Pomona-Pitzer stormed back with five straight goals to take a 5-4 lead. The Bulldogs tied the score up at 5-5 going into the half, but the Sagehens scored the first five goals of the second half to take a commanding 10-5 lead. Pomona-Pitzer still led 12-7 with less than 10 minutes left, but Redlands came all the way back to tie the score in the final minute of regulation.

The Bulldogs nearly had the game won as they took a 13-12 lead into the second overtime session and had the ball in Pomona-Pitzer’s end, but a key turnover gave the Sagehens life. After a pair of whistles, Ally McLaughlin ’16 tied the game up with just five seconds left on a free position shot, extending the game into sudden death. Gaby Fukumura ’17 had a key save on a Redlands free position shot with four seconds left in the first sudden death overtime, and Katie Savino ’16 won the ensuing draw control to give Pomona-Pitzer the ball. Rebecca Long ’17 then provided the game-winner 35 seconds in when she recovered a loose ball in front of the net and fired it home for a 14-13 win.

Pomona-Pitzer will host a semifinal game this Saturday against either CMS or Chapman, and would host the championship game on Saturday, May 3 if it wins.

There was even more extended drama on Saturday at CMS in Softball, as the Sagehens prevailed in the first of two games 2-1 in eight innings. Meagan Tokunaga ’15 had the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eighth inning, and Bianca Cockrell ’17 finished off a complete game win in the bottom half by leaving the bases loaded with a strikeout and a groundout to end the game. CMS salvaged the split by winning the nightcap. Pomona-Pitzer closes out the 2014 season with two home doubleheaders this weekend, facing Occidental on Friday at 2 p.m. and La Verne on Saturday at 12 noon.

Baseball had a big weekend as well, as it fought its way back into the SCIAC playoff hunt by sweeping three games from Occidental. The Sagehens are now one game behind three teams tied for fourth (the top four teams qualify for the SCIAC Tournament) with four games left to play. Jake Bruml ’15 had a huge weekend, going 4-for-5 in a 12-0 win in the opener, throwing a complete game with no earned runs in a 6-2 win in game two, and then tallying six RBI, including a three-run homer, in a 14-4 win to cap off the sweep. The Sagehens host Whittier on Wednesday in the first of four round-robin games to conclude the regular season.

Men’s Track and Field and Women’s Track and Field attended a SCIAC Quad meet at Caltech in its final tune-up before the conference championships on May 2-3. Chris Garnatz ’15 was the big story of the day for the men’s team, winning the javelin with a throw of 56.16 meters, moving him into tenth place in Pomona-Pitzer history. Corey Purcella ’16 added a first-place finish in the steeplechase with a time of 9:55.68. Ailene Nguyen ’16 continued her strong performances in the long jump for the women’s team, winning the event with a jump of 5.52, while also taking second in the triple jump and third in the 100 meters. Ben Girodias ’15 competed in the 10000 meters at the Mt. Sac Invitational on Thursday and moved into fourth in program history with a 30:31.

Men’s Tennis and Women’s Tennis both closed out the regular season with wins over Whittier on Friday to sew up the second seed in the SCIAC Tournament, with the men taking a 6-3 win at home and the women earning a 9-0 win at Whittier. The men swept doubles, while Josh Kim ’17 improved to 5-1 in singles with a win at No. 6. The women breezed to a 9-0 win, with seniors Sammy Chao ’14 and Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 winning in both singles and doubles in their final regular season dual match. Both tennis teams will travel to the annual Ojai Tournament this weekend, which will take place from Thursday through Sunday.

Men’s Golf and Women’s Golf were idle this week but will begin play at the SCIAC Championships at Oak Valley on Sunday. The SCIACs will be a three-day tournament running from Sunday-Tuesday.

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Wednesday, April 23
Baseball (H) vs. Whittier, 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 24
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 10 a.m. 

Friday, April 25
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 10 a.m.  
Women’s Water Polo at SCIAC Championships, TBA (at Whittier)
Softball (H) vs. Occidental, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 26
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 10 a.m.  

Women’s Water Polo at SCIAC Championships, TBA (at Whittier)
Women’s Lacrosse (H) SCIAC Semifinals, 11 a.m.
Baseball at La Verne, 11 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. La Verne, 12 p.m.

Sunday, April 27
Men’s Golf at SCIAC Championships, 9 a.m. (Oak Valley)
Women’s Golf at SCIAC Championships, 9 a.m. (Oak Valley)
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 10 a.m.  
Women’s Water Polo at SCIAC Championships, TBA (at Whittier)
Baseball at Chapman, 3 p.m.

Monday, April 28
Men’s Golf at SCIAC Championships, 9 a.m. (Oak Valley)
Women’s Golf at SCIAC Championships, 9 a.m. (Oak Valley)