Two Victories Keep Sagehens Atop SCIAC Standings

After coming off an extended break from games before finishing the second half of SCIAC play, the Pomona-Pitzer women’s lacrosse team (9-3, 6-1 SCIAC) was looking to extend a two-game win streak and remain atop the SCIAC standings. The Sagehens were able to cruise to a 16-8 victory against
Whittier College April 4 due to a phenomenal first-half effort.

The Hens came out strong with their best start of the season against the Poets. After a
goal-scoring blitz by the Sagehens, tallying six goals in less than six minutes,
Whittier found it impossible to make up the difference on the scoreboard. With multiple goals
each from attacker Sarah Markowitz PZ ’16, midfielder Ally McLaughlin PO ’16 and attacker Hannah
Christenson PO ’17, the Sagehens continued to score throughout the first half,
answering each of Whittier’s three first-half goals to go into the break with
a 12-3 lead.

This first-half
dominance allowed P-P to sit back in the second half, scoring only four goals in the remainder of the game. Even a 5-0 run by Whittier left the Hens unfazed as Markowitz scored the final goal with 1:42 remaining
in the fourth quarter.

This solid group
effort by the Sagehens continued into their game against Occidental College April 8. Unlike Saturday’s game, the first half was a nail-biter as the
two teams went into the second half tied 4-4. Midfielder Sallie Marx PO ’18
scored three of the Hens’ opening half goals, with the fourth coming from attacker Aubrey Douglass PZ
’16. 

In the second half, Christenson scored back-to-back goals to secure the
Sagehens’ first two-goal lead of the day, and despite late efforts by the Tigers, McLaughlin put the game away on a free position shot. The back-and-forth match ended 10-9 in favor of P-P.

Head coach Sarah Queener was very impressed by her team’s efforts over the last two games. 

“I think everyone came together and worked hard,” she 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.”

With these wins, the Hens are now 9-3 overall and 6-1 in SCIAC play, securing a two-game
lead for first place in SCIAC with only three games remaining in
league play. Chapman University, the University of Redlands and neighbors Claremont-Mudd-Scripps are all tied for second in the conference with league records of 4-3.

“Each game from
now on will be a close battle, but it’ll motivate the team to keep coming out
stronger,” midfielder Katie Savino PO ’16 said.

The Sagehens will
continue their quest for first place April 11 when
they host Chapman in an 11 a.m. contest. Next, the Hens will face CMS in a showdown that will surely be crucial in deciding playoff standings. After their heartbreaking 8-7 overtime loss to their rival Athenas, this rematch is one you won’t want to miss.

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