This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw the Women's Lacrosse, Women's Water Polo, Women's Tennis and Men's Tennis teams all go 2-0 in SCIAC matches, while picking up some crucial wins as the Sagehens jockey for position in the conference standings in the final weeks of the regular season.
Women's Water Polo had a pivotal road match at Whittier on Wednesday and came away with a 7-6 win, handing the Poets their first conference loss. Pomona-Pitzer held a 5-4 lead early in the fourth quarter, before Vicky Gyorffy '15 and Mahalia Prater-Fahey '15 scored consecutive goals to put the Sagehens ahead 7-4. Whittier scored two late goals to close within one, but could come no closer, as Sallie Walecka '15 had a strong day in goal with nine saves.
Women's Water Polo added a 14-1 win over Caltech on Saturday, setting up a big week ahead with matches against Chapman at home on Wednesday and the regular season finale at CMS on Saturday. Wins in both would give the Sagehens the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament.
Women's Lacrosse also picked up a one-goal win over Whittier on Wednesday (10-9), holding on after leading 10-6 with 15 minutes left, and then rolled past Chapman 16-6 on Saturday. The Sagehens are now 13-3 overall and 6-2 in the SCIAC, one game behind co-leaders Occidental and Redlands, who Pomona-Pitzer faces this week, meeting Occidental at home on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and traveling to Redlands on Saturday for the regular season finale. Ally McLaughlin '16 led the Sagehens with three goals at Whittier, while Sarah Markowitz PI '16 had six in the win over Chapman.
Women's Tennis had its final home match of the season on Friday and defeated No. 16 La Verne 6-3 to hand the Leopards their first SCIAC loss. Maddie Gordon '17 and Rosemary Pelch '17 won in doubles and then picked up singles wins at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, with Pelch providing the clincher with a 7-5, 7-5 win to put Pomona-Pitzer ahead 5-3. The Sagehens added an 8-1 win at Cal Lutheran on Saturday, as Gordon and Pelch again swept doubles and singles, as did Mae Coyiuto '16 and Arthi Padmanabhan '17. Seniors Alex Antonoplis '14 and Constance Wu '14 added an 8-0 doubles win.
Men's Tennis joined their female counterparts in picking up two SCIAC wins, beating No. 18 Cal Lutheran 7-2 on Saturday morning and then sweeping Occidental 9-0 in the afternoon. Kevin Wei '15 and Spencer Simonides '17 swept singles and doubles against Occidental, while Anthony Bello '17 picked up a doubles win against Cal Lutheran and a singles win against Occidental. The Sagehens host Whittier on Friday in their final regular season home match (2 p.m.).
Men's Track and Field and Women's Track and Field hosted the all-day Pomona-Pitzer Invitational at Strehle Track on Saturday and received several strong performances against a field that included competitors from all collegiate levels, as well as postgrads. Ailene Nguyen '16 came in second in the long jump and third in the triple jump, while Claire Brickson '14 moved into fifth place in Pomona-Pitzer history in the 5000.
For the men, Ben Girodias '15 moved into the top 10 in program history in the 5000 as well, placing second overall, while Paul Messana PI '17 moved into third place in the 800, finishing second out of 138 competitors behind only a member of New Zealand's national team running in the open division. The track and field teams will travel to Caltech this weekend for the final SCIAC quad meet of the regular season.
Softball earned a split of a doubleheader at Whittier, taking the nightcap in extra innings 5-3. Meagan Tokunaga '15 led off the ninth with a double, and Caitlyn Hynes '14 added an RBI single. The Sagehens cross Sixth Street to face CMS on Saturday for a noon doubleheader. Baseball dropped three games at No. 1 Linfield in non-conference action, with David Gerics '17 having the top individual performance of the weekend for the Sagehens, throwing six innings of relief, allowing four hits and one run in an 8-4 loss on Sunday. The Baseball team hosts Occidental on Saturday in an 11 a.m. doubleheader.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Wednesday, April 16
Women's Water Polo (H) vs. Chapman, 5 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse (H) vs. Occidental, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 18
Men's Tennis (H) vs. Whittier, 2 p.m.
Women's Tennis at Whittier, 2 p.m.
Baseball at Occidental, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 19
Baseball (H) vs. Occidental, 11 a.m. (DH)
Men's Track and Field at Caltech, 11 a.m.
Women's Track and Field at Caltech, 11 a.m.
Women's Water Polo at CMS, 11 a.m.
Softball at CMS, 12 p.m. (DH)
Women's Lacrosse at Redlands, 7 p.m.