It could have been a trap game. Following a 19-4 route over Whitman College (1-7, 1-1 Conf.) and a 16-8 victory over Wheaton College (3-5, 0-0 Conf.), the Pomona-Pitzer women’s lacrosse team (8-0, 3-0 SCIAC) could have taken the pedal off the gas against a struggling Kalamazoo College team (1-5, 0-0 Conf.). But the Sagehens came out strong and kept their undefeated season alive Thursday, Mar. 24. The 14-3 blowout over the Hornets kept the Sagehens’ record perfect on the season, while the Hornets dropped to 1-5.
The Sagehens thoroughly dominated the game, taking 31 shots to Kalamazoo’s 6, and winning 28 of a possible 46 groundballs. With so many shots on goal, the Sagehens took advantage, notching six goals before Kalamazoo scored their first goal at the 14:30 mark of the first half. The Sagehens responded, ending the first half with an unanswered five-goal rally before scoring another two goals to start the second half. Aubrey Douglass PZ ’16 capped off the day with one final goal late in the second half to end the game with three goals, marking her second hat trick of the season, before the Hornets scored a final goal in the last minute of the game.
Rebecca Long PO '17, Sallie Marx PO ’18, and Amelia Miller PO ’19 were major offensive contributors as well, each scoring two goals. Sarah Markowitz PZ ’16 also had a strong match with five assists in the win. Markowitz, along with Katie Savino PO ’16, Ally McLaughlin PO ’16, Madeleine Halle PZ ’19, and Lilly Thomey PO ’19 each scored one goal. Although P-P controlled the pace throughout the match, Thomey said the game was a good opportunity to work out some kinks.
“The Kalamazoo game was a great opportunity to work on the details of our offensive and defensive game in preparation for later parts of our season,” Thomey said. This preparation and attention to detail will be especially important in their upcoming game against Chapman University this Saturday, Mar. 26, at the South Athletics Complex. Chapman has marched out to an 8-2, 3-1 SCIAC record this season. Chapman could present stiff competition to P-P: Its most recent victory was a 18-1 drubbing of DePauw University (1-6, 0-0 Conf.), and its only losses stem from a solid Colorado College team (6-2) in a 19-15 shootout and a narrow 11-10 loss against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (8-2, 3-1 SCIAC).
While the Sagehens have their work cut out for them this Saturday, the players seem undaunted by the challenge. The Sagehens have already beaten the same CMS team that beat Redlands University, and the early victory over a solid Wheaton team has given them confidence that they can succeed.
“We were told that Wheaton was our toughest competition so far in the season, so nerves were pretty high for the game,” Thomey said. “But we came out strong and made sure that we were working harder on either end of the field and out hustling them, which led to us winning the game.” If the Sagehens can follow a similar plan of outworking the competition in their game against Chapman, success will surely follow. If the game is anything like the last match between the Panthers and Sagehens, a three overtime, 7-6 P-P victory that placed the Sagehens in the SCIAC championship game, fans and players alike should be in for a thriller of a game.