Sagehen Round Up for the Week of October 24, 2011

Claremont, Calif. (October 31, 2011) — Pitzer student-athletes once again had key roles this week, particularly in a 5-1 women’s soccer win over Whittier on Saturday, which enabled the Sagehens to tie for second in the final regular season standings and pick up their tenth win of the season, as Pitzer players combined for four goals and four assists.

Traci Lopez ’12 and Rachel Eckerlin ’12 were both honored pregame for Senior Day as part of their final regular season home game, and Lopez had a goal and an assist to stake the Sagehens to a 2-0 halftime lead. Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe ’14 then scored the first two goals of her collegiate career one minute apart in the second half, with the first one assisted by Sam Thompson ’15 and the second one assisted by Dana Christensen ’15. Erin Edmonds ’14 also added a goal and an assist for the Sagehens in the win. The Sagehens will open the SCIAC Tournament at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Thursday.

Co-captain Erik Munzer ’13 helped the Men’s Soccer team to its tenth win in its home finale, a 3-1 victory over Cal Lutheran, as he assisted on the first goal with a long throw-in. Evan Munoz ’12 also helped set up the third goal after being honored on Senior Day for his final home game. The Sagehens will open their SCIAC Tournament at Redlands on Wednesday.

Alex Johnson ’13 was the top finisher for the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Cross Country team at the SCIAC Championships, as he earned first-team All-SCIAC honors. Roxanne Cook ’13 finished third for the Sagehen Women’s Cross Country team and Leslie Canter ’12 finished fifth to earn points and help the Sagehens finish fourth as a team. Both teams will be back in action on Nov. 12 on their home course for the NCAA West Regionals.

Zack Tannous ’12 returned from an injury which has kept him out of the line-up for the last three weeks and scored two touchdowns for the Pomona-Pitzer Football team in a loss at Whittier, one rushing and one receiving. Tannous and starting offensive lineman Tim Stapenhorst ’12 will be honored for their Senior Day this weekend when the Sagehens host La Verne at 7 p.m. Stapenhorst has been part of an offensive line that has paved the way for Luke Sweeney (Pomona ’13) to lead the nation in rushing, including 246 yards at Whittier on Saturday.

Jason Cox ’13 had four goals to lead the Men’s Water Polo team to a convincing 17-8 SCIAC win over La Verne on Wednesday. Austin Strong ’15, who usually plays goalie, also got the chance to play an attacking role this week and had two goals in a 19-12 win over Caltech. The two wins helped the Sagehens improve to 4-1 in the SCIAC, putting it in a four way tie for first place, heading into its final two conference home matches – against Redlands on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and against Cal Lutheran on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Ellen Yamasaki ’15 accomplished a rare statistical feat for the Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team in a 3-0 win over Redlands on Tuesday, when she recorded a triple-double in a three-set match. Yamasaki split time between the setter and hitter positions and finished with 15 assists, 10 kills (in 19 attempts) and 10 digs. Kenzie Aries ’12 will have her final home match on Tuesday when the Sagehens host Cal Lutheran.

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