Claremont, Calif. (October 21, 2013) This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams sweep their rivalry games with CMS, while the Football team gutted out a 17-10 overtime win at Whittier.
Women’s Soccer continued its potentially historic season with a pair of wins, defeating Occidental 3-0 on the road on Wednesday and then defeating CMS 2-1 at home on Saturday, reaching the 10-win plateau (10-2-1) with four regular season contests remaining. The school record for wins in a season is 11, set by the 2005 team, which won the SCIAC title, a goal which is still in reach for this year’s squad, which is one-game behind league-leading Cal Lutheran. One more win would also clinch a SCIAC Postseason Tournament bid. Sara Ach ’14 assisted on the first goal at CMS with a nifty move at midfield to beat a defender, followed by a 20-yard run and a lateral pass to an open teammate. Men’s Soccer followed suit in the CMS soccer sweep on Saturday by taking a 1-0 road win and hosts Cal Lutheran on Wednesday as it looks to get back level in conference and stay in striking distance of a postseason berth.
Football spoiled Whittier’s homecoming with a 17-10 overtime win on Saturday. After falling behind 10-0 in the game’s first eight minutes, the Sagehen defense did not allow a point the rest of the way. Luc Dark-Fleury ’16 returned after missing the last two weeks with an injury and contributed three tackles, while Nicholas (Nicky) LaCivita ’15 started in the defensive backfield. The Sagehens host La Verne this Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest at Merritt Field.
Volleyball had a strong week as well, compiling a 3-1 record with the only loss coming in a close battle to No. 3 Cal Lutheran on Saturday, which snapped a six-match win streak. The Sagehens defeated La Verne 3-1 on Tuesday, Whittier 3-0 on Friday and Rose-Hulman 3-0 on Saturday in a non-league contest. Ellen Yamasaki ’15 had 34 kills on the week, including 13 in a five-set win over Rose-Hulman and nine in 18 attempts against Cal Lutheran. The Volleyball team will travel to Occidental on Friday and then host CMS on Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest.
Men’s Water Polo has played its usual rough schedule with 14 ranked teams (nine of which were top 10), but the battle-tested Sagehens responded to the start of SCIAC play with a pair of home wins, defeating Cal Lutheran 10-7 on Wednesday and Occidental 16-7 on Saturday. Jarrod Gaut ’14 had a huge week with three goals against Cal Lutheran, four against Occidental, and four in a 15-12 loss to No. 19 Air Force. Stephen Vint ’15 added four goals against Cal Lutheran, including three in the decisive fourth quarter, while Timothy Hardman ’17 had two goals in the Occidental win. Men’s Water Polo hosts No. 10 Concordia on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in its only match of the week.
The first of the winter sports will get underway this weekend with Swimming and Diving heading to the Malibu Invitational, hosted by Pepperdine on Saturday. Women’s Swimming and Diving will be one of the favorites in the SCIAC this year after finishing a close second to CMS last year and returning a majority of its top swimmers, including Margaret (Mari) Pettibone ’15, one of the team leaders in the breaststroke, and Dawn Barlow ’16, the team’s top diver. Backstroker Gabriel Leggott ’14 will be one of the senior leaders of the men’s team, Andrew Wright ’16 (distance), Eirik Hansen ’15 (sprints) and William Thorson ’16 (fly) will be among the team leaders in their events.
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Wednesday, Oct. 23
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. Cal Lutheran 4 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Chapman, 4 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Concordia, 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25
Volleyball at Occidental, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Women’s Swimming & Diving at Malibu Invitational, 10 a.m.
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Whittier, 11 a.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving at Malibu Invitational, 1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer at Chapman, 1 p.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. CMS, 6 p.m.
Football (H) vs. La Verne, 7 p.m.