Athenas’ Season Ends Despite Standout Performances from Pinczower, Clubb

In the closing minutes of the Athenas’ tilt against Chapman
University, attacker Zoe Pinczower SC ’17 was determined not to go down
without a fight. With just under four minutes remaining and her team down by six, Pinczower took matters into her own net.

Buoyed by a late
burst of energy, she applied heavy pressure against the Panthers (8-5, 6-5 SCIAC), who were just
starting to work their way down the field, and intercepted the pass before racing
back toward the goal and sending the ball flying past the scrambling keeper and
into the back of the net.

The goal
was one of three late goals from Pinczower, who was red-hot to close out the
game.

“When I got
my streak I was determined,” Pinczower said. “I was like, ‘this game is
not going to end the way it is right now,’ so for me I got that extra spark, and
I think it took them by surprise.”

However,
Pinczower’s efforts were not enough to propel the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s lacrosse team past their opponents, and the team eventually succumbed to
the Panthers 14-8.

“Chapman had really improved since the
first time we played them, and I think that shocked us a little bit,” midfielder
Lauren Clubb CM ’17 said. “Also, our attack didn’t have a great time finishing our
shots or catching the ball in the eight-meter.”

The Athenas
dug themselves a big hole in the first half, allowing Chapman to score 10 goals
and only netting two of their own.

“They were
just really making long, hard passes, and they weren’t dropping them,” Pinczower
explained. “Our defense was having trouble getting the second and third slides, which is what you need to have when they’re making the skip passes, so that’s
when they got their winning streak. We just needed that spark, and unfortunately
it came a little late; at least we ended on a high note.”

However,
the second half was a completely different story as CMS came out on fire and
actually outscored Chapman 6-4.

“In the
first half we were playing ‘not team attack’ as Coach Uhr calls it, in which
people were just taking it and trying to drive,” Pinczower said. “But then
we started working more as a team and spreading it out more. Also, we were
getting to the ground balls more. Instead of waiting for them to pick it up, we’d take the initiative and
grab them and go for the interceptions.”

Pinczower
in particular ignited the Athena attack with her three late goals. In addition to the interception, Pinczower
was also able to make a nice cut toward the goal and score off an assist by midfielder Ellie Dolan SC ’18. In addition, she was able to execute a mad dash down the field and evade about
seven defenders before scoring yet again. 

Pinczower laid out what she thought were some keys to success for the team.

“Composure,
communication and playing team attack,” she said. “We also like having a lot
of people score in a game instead of just having a couple.”

Clubb also delivered an outstanding performance for CMS, scoring three
goals of her own.

“In the second half, we started to really
look for each other and play as a team,” Clubb commented. “Our fast break down
the field was much faster and helped us get some quick goals off of solid
defensive stops. And for me, specifically, I always play better when we have
nothing to lose. Looking at the score at half-time, we could really only go up, so I played a lot more relaxed and free the second half.”

Unfortunately, the Athenas’ season
came to an end after suffering a 13-7 defeat against the University of Redlands
(10-7, 6-5 SCIAC) April 22. Midfielder Katie Hill CM ’18 led the way for the
Athenas with two goals and Clubb once again put together an all-around great
game, collecting five ground balls and three draw controls, but it was not
enough to carry CMS to victory.

This year, the Athenas saw a three-game improvement compared to last year, and with most of their key players,
including a strong current first-year class returning, the team seems poised for
even more success in the coming years.

“We can’t control
how the other team plays,” Pinczower said. “We can only control how we play, and we can
work on and improve our game.”  

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