Strong Start to Season Continues as Sagehens Stomp Opponents

Midfielder Sallie Marx PO ’18 catches the pass from
her teammate, threads through the opposition and is hit down. Somehow she
manages to keep the ball while going around the crease and shoots the ball into the net for a goal. 

Marx scored three more times throughout the course of the Pomona-Pitzer women’s lacrosse team’s (3-0 SCIAC) season opener Feb. 18. Attackers Hannah
Christenson PO ‘17, Sarah Markowitz PZ ‘16 and Aubrey Douglass PZ ‘16 all contributed in the same fashion to a 17-4 win over Whittier College, with help from midfielder Ally McLaughlin PO ’16.

The trend continued in a
13-7 victory over rival Occidental College Feb. 21, making for a strong start to P-P’s season. Preparation was key for these wins as the
team has been training since the start of the academic year. 

“We had two scrimmages before our first game this year, so we were pretty
prepared going into our first SCIAC game versus Whittier,” head coach Sarah Queener said. “In both
games our offense was able to share the ball well, fast break when it was there
and control the tempo when we needed to.”

All parts of the team were operating at
peak performance in the game against the Poets. In addition to the 17
goals scored, P-P had an astounding 43 shots on net compared to
Whittier’s nine. Despite the slow start to the game, winning by only 2-1 midway
through the first half, the Sagehens remained persistent with their shots until
they were able to put a few past Whittier’s goalie, eventually pulling ahead
8-2 by halftime. The defense and midfield were also very strong in this game,
managing to keep Whittier to a mere five out of 19 successful clear attempts
while maintaining a perfect 10 out of 10 record themselves.

“As a freshman and a
midfielder, I’m trying to contribute in every way I can to push and support my
teammates on both ends of the field,” Marx said. “We’re only growing closer
together as a unit and getting better each game.”

These words rang true in the game against
Occidental the following Saturday. The Sagehens had a very strong start in the
first half, pulling ahead 9-0 by the halftime mark. Goalkeeper Gaby Fukumura PO ’17 was
solid in net, making eight stops in the first half to keep Occidental off the
board. The team continued to score in the second half with contributions from attacker Rebecca Long PO ’17 and Markowitz. Although the Tigers scored the first three
goals of the second half, P-P rallied to finish with a 13-7 win.

The strong showings by the Sagehens in their first two games indicate a promising season to come. Coach Queener emphasized the most
important takeaways from the games. 

“Wins
are great, but more importantly, I think that both games were able to show us
things that we need to work to improve upon,” Queener said. “We were able to make
adjustments after the Whittier game, and it showed in our game against
Occidental. I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to improve on our
mistakes from the Oxy game and play a solid 60 minutes against Chapman on
Wednesday.”

Following these words, the Sagehens came
back from an 8-4 deficit to defeat Chapman University by a final score of 10-9. Despite giving up the
lead early on, the team rallied to score six goals in the second half. Four of those
goals were scored by Douglass, including the eventual game-winner. This third game of the season especially shows the heart of the Hens team and its never-give-up attitude.

The team will be back in action in the Sixth Street rivalry game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Pomona’s South Turf Field Feb. 28.

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