The notorious Sixth Street rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer met on the women’s lacrosse field at Pomona College last Saturday in their second match of the season. These agile and equipped teams each showed their inner fire as they relentlessly fought for each point. The Athenas forced an early lead in the first half, earning eight consecutive goals over the Sagehens.
Last year, the Sagehens were the SCIAC tournament and regular season champions but eventually lost to Cortlandt State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. They lost many key graduating seniors but have brought in a lot of new players to fill some big shoes.
Christian Rowe PZ ’20 was able to force a goal in the first half for the Sagehens, her first collegiate goal of the season. The Athenas then went on to score three successive goals and closed out at halftime with a score of 11-1 in favor of the Athenas. Throughout the game, eleven different Athena players scored goals.
However, the Sagehens found more of their rhythm in the second half. The Sagehens never gave up, especially Lilly Thomey PO ’19, who scored a career best of five goals for the Sagehens, all in the second half. With the true, modest heart of an athlete, Thomey recounts how the “career high was only possible because [of her] teammates who were able to set her up and send solid passes to the middle of the eight,” fully contributing to her success.
The match ended with a score of 16-6, another victory for the Athenas early this season. The Athenas advance their record to 2-0 in SCIAC season play as the Sagehens fall to 0-2 in season play. Though the Sagehens did not pull out a victory this match, the game was full of excitement and achievement.
Rowe recounts how her “team did a good job of not letting up even when the score wasn’t what [they] wanted” as their defense and overall communication improved over the duration of the game.
The Sagehens have a young team this year, as over half of their team is comprised of first year students. With new faces comes a copious amount of fresh talent. Lauren English PO ’19 described the excitement of her team “working out some new things on the offensive and defensive sides of the field” as they grow together throughout the season.
Moving forward, Thomey thinks her team is “working to better understand each other as players and how to accentuate each of [their] talents to make the overall team better” for this upcoming season.
The Sagehens are feeling optimistic for upcoming games and continued their season play on Wednesday, March 1, against the Occidental College Tigers, where they lost 12-11. Their next game is on Saturday, March 4, on the road against the Whittier College Poets. The Athenas won against Whittier 21-0 on March 1 and next face Chapman on Saturday, March 4.