The Pomona-Pitzer women’s lacrosse team was busy reverting the course of its season this spring recess. The Sagehens enjoyed their spring break, picking up four consecutive victories in a five-day span. The final pair of wins, the culmination of a successful jaunt up the West Coast to Tacoma, Washington, now leaves the Sagehens—who had lost all but one of its games before this week—at .500 for the year.
P-P’s impressive run began March 14 when the University of Puget Sound came out to Claremont for the first of the team’s two meetings. Martha Marich PO ’12 led the Sagehens to their second win of the season, logging a stat-line of seven goals, two assists, nine draws won, six ground balls and five caused turnovers. Jana London PZ ’14, Logan Galansky PO ’14 and Julie Necarsulmer PO ’15 all managed hat tricks (with London actually scoring four goals), helping the Sagehens defeat the Loggers 19-16.
Two days later, the Sagehens hosted North Central College of Illinois and overcame the Cardinals through a late save by goalie Casey Leek PZ ’14. Before this contest, the early story of P-P’s season involved a string of close losses. After entering halftime up 11-6, the Sagehens appeared to have a comfortable lead over the visitors. The Cardinals, however, chipped away at the Sagehens’ advantage until they trailed by a mere goal with 2:20 remaining. North Central then collected the ensuing draw and bore down on Leek’s goal. The returning All-SCIAC selection, however, remained cool and denied the Cardinal attacker who feinted by the defense before having her shot saved.
“The late save against North Central… I have no idea how it happened,” Leek said. “I didn’t want to go to overtime and I knew the team didn’t so sometimes things just work out. Maybe had the girl placed it somewhere else I wouldn’t have saved it. I got lucky that my defense forced her to take a shot that I could save.”
P-P maintained its lead as the final seconds ticked off the clock, then packed their bags and headed up to Washington, arriving at around 9 p.m. Despite their fatigue, the Sagehens woke up the next day and took care of Puget Sound once again. In another tight result, Marich tallied five goals, the most important being her last, which broke a 10-10 deadlock with just about five minutes left to play and won the tilt for the Sagehens.
Against Pacific University March 18, the Sagehens tamed the Dragons, also by the score of 11-10. Marich completed an excellent four-game span in which she was named SCIAC’s athlete of the week by netting six goals. The victory capped off a perfect week, as the Sagehens are 5-5 on the season despite battling with a short or nonexistent bench.
Leek, who was in goal for a number of disappointing losses, was particularly pleased about the week.
“Winning after the close losses is awesome. It’s nice to have some more wins under our belts and I think over break we became a much closer team. We hope that our bonding time will payoff as we head into the end of the season. It’s hard with a young team to build trust but I think we are getting there,” she said.
The Sagehens won’t be able to continue their streak until MIT travels west for next Wednesday’s game. The encounter will be pivotal as it precedes the final SCIAC games of the year for the Sagehens who hope to obtain one of the conference’s playoff spots.