Sagehen Round Up for the Week of September 10, 2012

Claremont, CA (September 17, 2012) This week in Sagehen Athletics saw the Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer mirror each other, dropping tough games to CMS on Wednesday before bouncing back to pick up big wins over Chapman on Saturday.

Men’s Soccer had a day when everything went wrong in its battle with CMS, falling 6-1 in part due to two penalty kicks and an own goal when the Sagehens kicked the ball into their own net. However, the team bounced back on Saturday, with strong performances from three starters from Pitzer— Erik Munzer ’13, Drew Lind ’14 and Lawrence McDonald ’15—as it defeated Chapman to improve to 2-1 in the league. This week the Men’s Soccer team will host a non-league game with UC Santa Cruz on Tuesday and travel to Whittier for a SCIAC contest on Saturday.

The Women’s Soccer team had its own tough loss to CMS to deal with, as it fell 1-0 on an own goal in overtime. However, the Sagehens bounced back with a 2-1 road win over Chapman, ending the Panthers seven-game home winning streak. Ying Fry ’16 had her first collegiate goal in the first half to stake the Sagehens to an early lead in the tenth minute. The Sagehens host two home games this week against defending SCIAC champion Cal Lutheran on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Whitter on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Men’s Water Polo continued its daunting schedule this week at the NorCal Tournament at Stanford, beginning with its second match against No. 1 USC already this season. The Sagehens ended up 0-4 on the weekend, but gave No. 14 Santa Clara (10-8) and No. 19 Concordia (13-12 in overtime) strong battles on the second day. The Sagehens are 0-10 on the year, but the record is very deceptive as all 10 opponents have been ranked in the top 20, including six in the top 10. Jason Cox ’13 and Stephen Vint ’15 had three goals apiece to lead the Sagehens in the overtime loss to Concordia. Water Polo ends the top-20 portion of its schedule this week when it travels to Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country continued to build towards the bigger races in October with a strong showing at the UC Riverside Invitational. The Men’s Cross Country team and Alex Johnson ’13, came in ninth out of 19 teams (second among Division III teams). The Women’s Cross Country team split its squad into two races, with Roxanne Cook ’13 earning the highest finish for the Sagehens in the 6K race.

The Football team fell on the road to Lewis & Clark 31-13, but Travis Muraoka ’13 provided a highlight with his first collegiate touchdown, catching a 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Matthew Tesimale ’16 also had a big day on defense with four tackles (1.5 for losses), and Luc Dark-Fluery ’16 added two tackles as well.

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This Week’s Schedule
(Home Events in Bold)

Tuesday, Sept. 18
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. UC Santa Cruz, 4 p.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Whittier, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 4 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21
Volleyball (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Whittier, 11 a.m.
Men’s Water Polo at Loyola Marymount, 1 p.m.
Volleyball at Chapman, 7 p.m.
Men’s Soccer at Whittier, 7 p.m.

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