Offense Thrives on Washington Tour

The Pomona-Pitzer women’s lacrosse team had a successful weekend March 1-2, going 3-0 in their three-game road trip to the Northwest. The Sagehens (6-2, 3-2 SCIAC) defeated Pacific University 16-3 in a neutral-site game on Saturday. The following day, P-P played two games, taking on the University of Puget Sound and Linfield College at Puget Sound. P-P defeated Puget Sound 18-8 and then dominated Linfield 17-0. 

In their first game of the weekend against Pacific, P-P allowed the first goal of the game, but then went on an 8-0 run and never looked back. Aubrey Douglass PZ ’16, Ally McLaughlin PO ’16, and Rebecca Long PO ’17 each contributed two goals during the run. 

Later in the first half, Douglass and McLaughlin both scored again, and Sarah Markowitz PZ ’16 scored her second goal of the match. P-P led 11-3 going into halftime.

The Sagehens kept Pacific scoreless in the second half with stellar defense and a great showing by goalie Gaby Fukumura PO ’17, who racked up 10 saves. In the beginning of the second half, Markowitz scored her third goal of the match. Jana London PZ ’14 scored two goals in the second half, giving her three for the day. 

McLaughlin led the way for the Sagehen offense with four goals in the match, helping P-P to a 16-3 win.

On Sunday, P-P faced off against Puget Sound in the morning. London scored the first goal of the game just 30 seconds in, setting up what would be a common occurrence in the game. London went on to score six more goals in the first half, for a total of seven goals in that half alone. Markowitz and Long helped out the cause, scoring two goals each to give the Sagehens a 12-6 lead going into halftime.

London continued her dominance in the second half as she scored the first goal after the mid-game break, her eighth that day.

Douglass scored two goals in the second half, giving her three for the game, but the story of the match was London, who went on to score two more goals, giving her a career-high 10 goals scored in the match.

Fukumura again had 10 saves to help the Sagehens cruise to an 18-8 victory. Fukumura now has 73 saves on the season and a 58.4 save percentage, both good enough to lead the SCIAC so far this season.

In their Sunday afternoon game, the Sagehens defeated Linfield in a dominating performance. Fukumura earned a shutout in goal, and Grace Geller PZ ’16 led the way for P-P’s offense, scoring four goals. Defenders Rachel Kessler PZ ’14 and Zoe Brown PZ ’15 each added goals to help the Sagehens to a 17-0 victory.

After the road trip, the Sagehens now have six wins on the season; their only losses have come against Occidental College in overtime and the University of Redlands in sudden-death overtime. London’s 13 goals over the weekend led her to a team-leading 31 goals so far this season in only eight games.

The Sagehens have 17 days off before their next game against Sewanee: The University of the South on March 19 at home.

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