Marx, Markowitz Lead the Way as Sagehens Soar to Victory

Whenever the Athenas and Sagehens clash on the lacrosse
field, the energy is sure to be high. This week’s rendition of the Sixth
Street rivalry did not disappoint. After Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (8-5, 5-4 SCIAC) edged
Pomona-Pitzer (11-3, 8-1 SCIAC) in the two teams’ Feb. 28 tilt 8-7 in an overtime thriller, the
two teams faced off again April 15 and, after the two squads exchanged goals throughout
the match, P-P emerged victorious with the 11-8 defeat.

“In games like that it is very
important to stay composed and collected, and that’s a hard thing to do,”
attacker Rebecca Long PO ’17 said. “I think we supported each other and managed
that very well last night.”

Attacker
Zoe Pinczower SC ’17 got the scoring started for CMS by using her speed to zip
down the field and dart past the Sagehen defenders to find the back of the net
within the first minute of play. However, both defenses settled down after that
and the two teams engaged in a defensive duel throughout the first half.

“We put in a brand new defense
against them and decided to face guard three girls, which doesn’t get done
usually,” attacker Christy Sutherland CM ’15 explained. “So the first half was
very low scoring but we also weren’t getting the ball off the draw as much as
we hoped, and we weren’t totally taking care of it. I think those mistakes gave P-P the win in the
end.”

In the
first half, midfielder Sallie Marx PO ’18 had the most success, executing two
impressive drives to infiltrate the Athena defense to net a couple of
unassisted goals. Heading into halftime P-P took position of the 5-4 lead after
attacker Sarah Markowitz PZ ’16 netted a goal with one second remaining in the
half.

“Cohesion and working
together are big parts of out team; whenever they had the ball, we were very
relentless in getting it back and we never let them have an easy transition,” midfielder Hannah Christenson said.

In the
beginning of the second half Marx tacked on one more goal for P-P, but CMS responded with a 3-0 run that included two impressive goals from midfielder Lauren
Clubb CM ’18.

“We go through spurts of energy and
intensity and I think that was one of them,” Sutherland commented. “We were getting good looks and
people were finishing everything.”

The Sagehens took flight after that, though, and
took control of the match for the remainder of the game, outscoring CMS 5-1 to
clinch the victory.

“The key for
us was really staying in the game the entire time,” Christenson
said. “We went to Colorado over spring break and we had a lot of close games
and we lost the first two by one.  That
was really hard because we [said], ‘Oh if we had done a few things
differently we could have won.’ I think
that experience really helped us learn how to stay in the game that long. Against CMS, we didn’t freak out when CMS
would come back a little bit and we kept going.”

Another key
for both units was the familiarity they had with each other, which could have
played a role in keeping the score close and relatively low scoring.

“We were having a hard time getting looks
off of cage,” Sutherland said. “They know our attack very well so they know our
strengths and our weaknesses, and we know them as well.”

With the win, the Sagehens strengthen their grip on the top seed in the SCIAC standings
before their final game of the year at home against the University of Redlands
(9-6, 5-4 SCIAC) April 20.

“I think our biggest strength is our team
dynamic,” Long said. “There is no one ‘go-to’ person on the field. Everyone is
an important contributor and everyone is dangerous—there’s nothing more
effective and fun than that.”

As for the Athenas, they travel to
Chapman University (6-3, 4-5 SCIAC) April 18 for a 7:00 p.m. game.

“We’re not focusing on Chapman too much, but focusing on ourselves instead and focusing on controlling the game from the
draw all the way down,” Sutherland said.

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