Sagehen Round Up for the Week of March 26, 2012

Claremont, Calif. ( April 2, 2012) — This week saw the Women’s Water Polo team win a 1 vs 2 showdown with Occidental in a battle of the top two teams in NCAA Division III, the Women’s Lacrosse team capture its fifth win a row, the Men’s Tennis Team pick up a huge regional win, and the Men’s Track and Field team have one of its top performances this century from the 4×400 relay team.

Women’s Water Polo traveled to Occidental for its SCIAC opener this week in a much-anticipated match-up between the top two teams in Division III. Occidental came in ranked No. 1 in the nation, while the Sagehens were right behind at No. 2, with both teams undefeated against Division III competition this season. The game went into overtime, but after Occidental tied it up 13-13 going into the second overtime, Alyssa Woodward ’15, the team’s leading scorer who had been shut out to that point, had both goals in the second extra session as the Sagehens won a dramatic 15-13 decision. Perri Hopkins ’12 also had a big third quarter with three goals, while Annie Oxborough-Yankus ’12 had three goals in the first half.

The Women’s Lacrosse team won four games in five days over Spring Break and then had a 10-day rest to recover before facing MIT this week. The rest came in handy, as the Sagehens extended their winning streak to five games with one of their most complete performances of the season, defeating MIT 22-12 on Wednesday. Jana London ’14 (five goals, four assists) tied for team-high honors with nine points. The Sagehens have a big week ahead as they host Redlands on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and CMS on Saturday at 1 p.m. looking to close the gap on the top two teams in the SCIAC before the postseason arrives.

The Men’s Track and Field team competed at the CA/NV Championships at CMS in a challenging field that included several Division I programs. The Sagehens had some impressive performances at the event, including a 3:19.98 from the 4×400 relay team, which was the fastest time for the program in over a decade. Greg Hook ’14 and Adam Faison ’15 were two of the four runners on the relay team, which broke the 3:20 mark by just two-hundredths of a second. On the women’s side, Alex Oxborough-Yankus ’14 was 14th in the javelin with a throw of 106’6”.

Men’s Tennis had a signature win on Saturday when it knocked off No. 5 UC Santa Cruz at Pauley Courts 5-4. The team win was clinched early as Max Sabel ’13 clinched the victory with a two-set win at No. 3 singles to give Sagehens a 5-1 lead. Sabel and doubles partner Frankie Allinson PO ‘13 also moved up to No. 1 doubles for the first time this season and picked up an 8-6 win there as well. The only bad news was that Chris Wiechert ’14 had his personal 13-match winning streak snapped when he fell in a second-set tiebreaker after picking up wins against Middlebury and Whittier earlier in the week. The Sagehens also picked up a 7-2 SCIAC win over Whittier on Friday, improving to 2-1 in the league this year and will host Gustavus Adolphus on Wednesday at 5:30 at Pauley Courts.

Women’s Tennis picked up a couple of SCIAC wins with easy 9-0 victories over Whittier and Occidental. Jamie Solomon ’13 had the toughest challenge in the Occidental match, but she prevailed in a third set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles after splitting the first two sets. Emily Kawahara ’12 also had a strong performance, winning 8-2 at doubles with partner Nicole Holsted PO ’12, and then winning 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. The Sagehens host La Verne on Saturday morning.
Baseball took two out of three from Redlands on the weekend, exploding for 27 runs in the first two games, a 17-0 win in the opener and a 10-6 win in the second game before the Bulldogs salvaged the final game 8-3. Travis Rooke-Ley’12 had a five-hit shutout in the first game of the series, his second in SCIAC play this season, as he improved to 5-0 with an 0.62 ERA in league contests. Erik Munzer ’13 started the offense going with a three-run homer in the first inning and had six RBI in the first two games combined. The Sagehens play a three-game series with CMS this weekend, including a doubleheader at home on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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