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Sports Report: Women’s Lacrosse Earns Its First NCAA Division III Tournament Bid

Josh Kim ’17 had a 6-0, 6-0 singles win in a key SCIAC Men’s Tennis semifinal win over No. 18 Cal Lutheran on Friday.
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Women’s Lacrosse had a bad news/good news weekend with the bad news coming on Saturday when the Sagehens fell in the SCIAC Championship game to Redlands 14-12 in overtime. Aubrey Douglass PI ’16 tied the score with just 6.5 seconds left in regulation, but the Bulldogs scored the first three goals of the extra session and held on for the SCIAC title.

The good news came on Sunday night, when the Sagehens found out that they will get a rematch at Redlands on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. It marks the first-ever NCAA bid for Pomona-Pitzer, which started competing at the varsity level in 2008 and first joined the SCIAC in 2010.

Men’s Tennis moved up to No. 10 in the latest national rankings and solidified its positioning for a bid to the NCAA Championships as well with a 6-3 win over No. 18 Cal Lutheran in the SCIAC semifinals on Friday. The Sagehens had dramatic comebacks at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take a 2-1 lead after it looked like the Kingsmen might sweep all three doubles matches. Connor Hudson ’15 and Graham Maassen PI ’17 fought off three match points at No. 3 for a 9-7 win and Sam Crawford ’16 and Jonathan Kim PI ’16 came back to win in a tiebreaker.

Josh Kim ’17 helped the Sagehens continue the momentum into singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5, and Anthony Bello ’17 provided another win at No. 6. The Sagehens fell in the championship match to No. 1 CMS on Saturday, but the win over Cal Lutheran should be enough to secure a spot in the postseason when selections are announced on Monday afternoon. Women’s Tennis will also find out its NCAA fate Monday afternoon as well after a fourth-place finish in the SCIAC Tournament. The Sagehens were ranked No. 6 in the nation in the final regular season poll and have a strong overall resume, with wins over Middlebury, Bowdoin and Carnegie Mellon out of conference.

Women’s Water Polo saw its season come to a close in a tight match against No. 13 UC San Diego in an NCAA Play-In Match before falling 13-9. The Sagehens trailed 4-1 early but closed to within 7-6 at the half on a penalty shot from Sarah Westcott ’15. UC San Diego led 9-7 after three quarters, and Vicky Gyorffy ’15 started off the fourth quarter with a steal and breakaway goal to make the score 9-8, but the Tritons scored the next two goals and held off the Sagehens the rest of the way. Gyorffy and Christina Williamson ’17 each had two goals for Pomona-Pitzer, which returns almost its entire team next year, when the seven-member Class of 2015 will try to win their fourth SCIAC title in four seasons.

Men’s Track and Field and Women’s Track and Field competed at their SCIAC Championships this weekend and both finished fifth overall. The men had a pair of individual champions with Paul Messana PI ’17 winning the 800 meters and Bennett Kopperud PI ’16 taking first in the 400-meter hurdles. Chris Garnatz ’15 added a third-place finish in the javelin, while Titus Van Hook ’14 was second in the 200 meters and third in the 100 meters. On the women’s side, Ailene Nguyen ’16 finished second in both the long jump and 100 meters and third in the triple jump.

Women’s Golf also had its SCIAC Championships from Sunday-Tuesday, and had a pair of top-10 finishers in Jennifer Kim ’17 and Tiffany Gu ’16. Gu led after the first round with a 77, and Kim tied for the low round on the second day with a 77 as well. The final round was played in heavy winds and Kim at one point was tied for the lead before settling for a fourth-place finish with a 246 (three shots back), while Gu was tied for eighth with a 251. Kevin Knox ’16 shot the low round of the tournament for Men’s Golf with a third-round 77.

Baseball closed out its 2014 campaign with a 14-2 win over Redlands on Tuesday. Lane Miles ’17 earned the win on the mound to end his freshman season with a 6-3 record. Travis Bowers ’14 was 2-for-4 after being honored pregame on his Senior Day, while Robert Weller ’14, who usually pitches for the Sagehens, had a pinch-hit single in his only at-bat of the season. E.J. Lopez PI ’15 was 4-for-4 with two homers and five RBI, while Jake Bruml ’15 was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Friday, May 9
Men’s Tennis at NCAA Regionals, TBA*
Women’s Tennis at NCAA Regionals, TBA*

Saturday, May 10
Men’s Tennis at NCAA Regionals, TBA*
Women’s Tennis at NCAA Regionals, TBA*
Men’s Track and Field at Occidental Invitational, 3 p.m.
Women’s Track and Field at Occidental Invitational, 3 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse at Redlands, 7 p.m. (NCAA Second Round)

Sunday, May 11
Men’s Tennis at NCAA Regionals, TBA
*Women’s Tennis at NCAA Regionals, TBA*

* If Sagehens qualify (NCAA announcements are Monday afternoon)