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Sports Report for the Week of April 28

The Women’s Water Polo team won its third straight SCIAC Championship with a 7-4 win over CMS on Sunday.

The Women’s Water Polo team won its third straight SCIAC Championship with a 7-4 win over CMS on Sunday.

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This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw the Women’s Water Polo team win its third SCIAC Championship in a row, while the Women’s Lacrosse team moved on to its first ever SCIAC Championship game with a semifinal win over Chapman.

Women’s Water Polo earned the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament with an 8-7 win at CMS in the regular season finale which wasn’t decided until sudden death overtime. The two teams met again in the SCIAC finals in a winner-take-all battle for the league championship, and the game once again appeared headed for a dramatic finish, tied 3-3 after three quarters.

However, the Sagehens took control of the match and made sure that there would be no drama in the closing minutes, rattling off the first four goals of the final period to take a 7-3 lead. CMS added a harmless goal with 30 seconds left to make the final score 7-4, but Pomona-Pitzer was able to kill the clock on the next possession, with the ball in the hands of the team’s only senior, Brenda Iglesias ’14, as the horn sounded.

Mahalia Prater-Fahey ’15 put Pomona-Pitzer ahead to stay at the 7:07 mark of the fourth quarter with a blind backhand shot in front of the net. It was the same shot from roughly the same place of the same pool (at Whittier) that she scored the game-winner in sudden death overtime as a freshman to defeat Redlands and start the team’s current streak of three straight titles. Chrissie Alving-Trinh ’15 stretched the lead to 5-3 with a lob shot from a near-impossible angle and Christina Williamson ’17 had a steal and end to end rush for a goal to make it 6-3.

Prater-Fahey, Alving-Trinh and Williamson each finished with two goals for Pomona-Pitzer, while Sallie Walecka ’15 had a strong effort in goal, recording seven saves and allowing only three goals before being relieved with under two minutes to go and the Sagehens leading 7-3. Pomona-Pitzer will advance to an NCAA Play-In Game, date and opponent to be determined.

Also awaiting their next opponent is the Women’s Lacrosse team, which defeated Chapman 10-6 in the SCIAC semifinals on Saturday and will host the championship game on Saturday against either Occidental or Redlands. The Sagehens roared out to a 6-0 halftime lead behind two goals from Ally McLaughlin ’16 and Hannah Christenson ’17 and a goal from Rebecca Long ’17. Chapman regrouped at halftime and came all the way back to within 7-5, but Long scored a key goal to stop the momentum, and the Sagehens were able to hold on for the 10-6 win. McLaughlin and Christenson finished with a team-high three goals apiece.

Redlands and Occidental will play on Monday night to decide who visits the Sagehens on Saturday. Pomona-Pitzer split with both teams, with both contests against Redlands going to sudden death overtime before a winner was decided. Long had the game-winner against the Bulldogs in the regular season finale which gave the Sagehens the top seed in the tournament. Occidental won the first meeting in overtime at home, while Pomona-Pitzer won the rematch at the South Athletic Complex 9-6.

Women’s Golf began the SCIAC Championships on Sunday, and Tiffany Gu ’15 shot an opening-round 77 to take a one-shot lead at the Oak Valley Golf Club. The SCIAC Championship consists of three rounds, and will conclude on Tuesday. Gu won the final SCIAC tournament of the regular season by one stroke at Empire Lakes Country Club.  

Men’s Tennis and Women’s Tennis competed at the 114th annual Ojai Tournament and had some strong individual performances. Mae Coyiuto ’16 reached the quarterfinals of the singles competition before withdrawing with an injury and advanced to the semifinals in doubles with Arthi Padmanabhan ’14, while Sammy Chao ’14 also reached the quarterfinals in singles.

Connor Sutton ’15 and Jake Yasgoor PI ’17 won the independent doubles title for the men, while Yasgoor reached the quarterfinals of the Division III singles competition. Anthony Bello ’17 and Chris Wiechert PI ’14 reached the quarters in the Division III doubles bracket. The tennis teams will both be in the SCIAC Championships this weekend, with the men traveling to Cal Lutheran and the women competing at CMS. 

Men’s Track and Field and Women’s Track and Field had the week off, but will be in action this weekend for the SCIAC Championships at Occidental. Prelims will take place on Friday and the finals will be on Saturday. Ben Girodias ’15 and Ailene Nguyen ’16 will be among those in the hunt for individual SCIAC Championships. 

Softball closed out its regular season with four games on Friday and Saturday and took a 7-4 win over Occidental on Friday. That game was the first time that the Sagehens started all four Boden sisters in the same game, with senior triplets Allison Boden ’14, Lauren Boden ’14 and Stephanie Boden ’14 in the infield at third base, shortstop, and second base, respectively and younger sister Susanne Boden ’16 in right field. The four Bodens combined for seven hits and five RBI in the 7-4 win. On Saturday, Susanne Boden began the opening game against La Verne at first base to give Pomona-Pitzer a rare all-sister infield before concluding the game in her usual right field spot.

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Monday, April 28
Men’s Golf at SCIAC Championships, 12 noon (Oak Valley)
Women’s Golf at SCIAC Championships, 12 noon (Oak Valley)

Tuesday, April 29
Men’s Golf at SCIAC Championships, 12 noon (Oak Valley)
Women’s Golf at SCIAC Championships, 12 noon (Oak Valley)
Baseball vs. Redlands (H), 3 p.m.

Friday, May 2
Men’s Tennis at SCIAC Championships, 10 a.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Women’s Tennis at SCIAC Championships, 10 a.m. (at CMS)
Men’s Track and Field at SCIAC Championships, 2 p.m. (at Occidental)
Women’s Track and Field at SCIAC Championships, 2 p.m. (at Occidental)

Saturday, May 3
Men’s Tennis at SCIAC Championships, 10 a.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Women’s Tennis at SCIAC Championships, 10 a.m. (at CMS)
Men’s Track and Field at SCIAC Championships, 2 p.m. (at Occidental)
Women’s Track and Field at SCIAC Championships, 2 p.m. (at Occidental)
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Occidental/Redlands, 7 p.m. (SCIAC Finals)