After fighting_x000D_
back from an 8-7 halftime deficit, the Pomona-Pitzer women’s lacrosse team_x000D_
(12-3, 9-1 SCIAC) defeated the University of Redlands (10-7, 6-5 SCIAC) by a_x000D_
final score of 14-9. With the win in their regular season finale, the Sagehens are riding a seven-game win streak heading into their SCIAC semifinal rematch_x000D_
against Redlands.

The first 15_x000D_
minutes of the game on Saturday began slowly as P-P and Redlands traded two_x000D_
goals apiece. Attacker Hannah Christenson PO ’17 found the back of the net for_x000D_
the Hens’ first two goals, each assisted by fellow attacker Aubrey Douglass PZ_x000D_
’16. 

However, the story of the first half was Redlands’ Stephanie Garrett, who_x000D_
scored six goals in the first half to put the Bulldogs up 8-7 going into_x000D_
halftime. Christenson kept the Saghens close, however, adding four first-half_x000D_
goals of her own.

Attacker Sallie_x000D_
Marx PO ’18 began the second half with an unassisted goal for her second of the_x000D_
day. With the game tied 8-8, Redlands scored a goal to go up by one with 26_x000D_
minutes left. However, the stellar Sagehen defense, led by senior defenders Zoe_x000D_
Brown PZ ’15, Brenna Gormally PO ’15, Alexa Sarussi PO ’15 and Annie Schatz PZ_x000D_
’15, did not allow another Redlands goal for the rest of the game.

P-P scored five unanswered goals in the final 25 minutes to take the game by a final score of_x000D_
14-9. Christenson led the Sagehen attack with five goals, and Marx finished with_x000D_
a hat trick. Douglass and midfielder Katie Savino PO ’16 both added a goal and_x000D_
three assists to spur the potent Sagehen offense.

Even with the standout individual performances, the Sagehens acknowledge that it takes the entire_x000D_
team to have a successful game and season.

“Ally_x000D_
[McLaughlin PO ’16] has been really key on draw controls and Aubrey has_x000D_
picked up a ton of ground balls all over the field in our last few games,”_x000D_
Sarussi said. “​But every single person on the field really makes a_x000D_
contribution to our performance and everyone has grown so much throughout the_x000D_
season.”

With the win,_x000D_
P-P secures the No. 1 seed in the SCIAC playoffs, winning the conference_x000D_
with a 9-1 record.

“It feels great_x000D_
to finish the regular season the way that we did, and honestly, it just feels_x000D_
right,” Sarussi said.

The Hens will_x000D_
face Redlands in a rematch of last Saturday’s game in the SCIAC semifinals_x000D_
April 25 at home. Although this is a semifinal game, a win for the Sagehens_x000D_
would allow them to clinch the SCIAC Championships as they would accrue enough_x000D_
points to win the SCIAC.

Despite beating_x000D_
Redlands twice, the semifinal game will be a tough match for P-P. In_x000D_
their first game against the Bulldogs, the Sagehens won in a narrow 10-9 match,_x000D_
and they were behind in the first half of the rematch last Saturday. Knowing that it will be a challenge, the Sagehens are prepared to try and_x000D_
win their first SCIAC Championship in program history.

“Redlands always_x000D_
puts up a good fight, but I think we kind of have them figured out and are_x000D_
ready to dominate on Saturday,” Sarussi said. “We’re really looking to clinch_x000D_
our first-ever SCIAC title.”

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