Sagehen Roundup for the Week of September 8, 2014

Claremont, Calif. (September 15, 2014) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the soccer teams sweep a home doubleheader on Saturday, while the Cross Country teams had a strong showing at the UC Riverside Invitational.

Daniel Diemer ’18 recorded 10 saves in the second half of a match against No. 1 Stanford for the Men’s Water Polo team.
Daniel Diemer ’18 recorded 10 saves in the second half of a match against No. 1 Stanford for the Men’s Water Polo team.

Camille Matonis ’15 moved into third place in Sagehen history in the 6K with her performance at the UC Riverside Invitational for the Women’s Cross Country team. She became only the third Sagehen to break the 22-minute mark, crossing the line in 21:59.4. Madeline Bennet ’18 was the fifth-fastest runner on the team to earn points for the Sagehens, finishing in 25:07.8, while Jordan Jenkins ’17 was sixth in 25:13.8.

On the men’s side, Paul Messana ’17 was the fourth-fastest runner on the team, earning a top 100 finish out of 239 competitors representing all divisions. Messana finished in 26:07.5 to come in 99th place. The men’s team will be action this weekend at the Mustang Challenge at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, while the women will be idle.

Men’s Soccer took a 1-0 win over Occidental in a SCIAC match on Saturday, after tying CMS 1-1 on Wednesday. Chase Abelson ’17 had a big play in the Occidental win when he cleared a ball off the line to save a goal, while Andrew Lind ’14 nearly put the game away but had a header clang off the left post and stay out. The Sagehens are on the road this week for games at La Verne on Wednesday and Cal Lutheran on Saturday.

Women’s Soccer took a 2-0 win over San Diego Christian on Saturday in the second half of a doubleheader with the men’s team. Lindsay Piwinski ’18 joined Abelson from the men’s team in making a key defensive save with the goalie out in the first half, preserving a 1-0 lead. Sara Ach ’15, Sofia Barsher ’18 and Alyssa Kim ’17 were all in the starting lineup, while Mary Stafford ’16, Nicola Ying Fry ’16 and Aminah Luqman ’17 all contributed significant minutes off the bench. The Sagehens will host La Verne on Wednesday and Redlands on Saturday in a pair of SCIAC matches.

The Men’s Water Polo team had a tough weekend at the Inland Empire Classic, facing top-ranked Stanford, as well as Air Force, La Verne and Concordia (Irvine). Stephen Vint ’15 had six goals on the weekend to maintain the team lead with 10, while Daniel Diemer ’18 played the second half in goal against Stanford and had 10 saves, including several point blank ones against the top-ranked team in the nation. Timothy Hardman ’17 added two goals on the weekend, while Austin Strong ’15 and Bennett Royce ’18 had one apiece. The Sagehens travel to the prestigious NorCal Classic this weekend, hosted by Pacific, opening up play on Saturday at 8 a.m. against UCLA.

Football is back in action this weekend for its home opener against Rhodes College (from Memphis, Tennessee) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Sagehens feature 17 Pitzer athletes this season, including six starters, left tackle Bobby Ciafullo ’18, left guard Colton Coss ’17, tight end Sean Mulcahy ’16 and fullback Jacob Fowler ’18 on offense and linebacker Nick Urban ’17 and cornerback Isaac Richard ’16 on defense. Volleyball will also return home for the first time in three weeks when it hosts Whittier on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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This Week’s Schedule
(Home Events In Bold)

Wednesday, Sept. 17
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. La Verne, 4 p.m.

Men’s Soccer at La Verne, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19
Volleyball (H) vs. Whittier, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Men’s Water Polo vs. UCLA, 8 a.m. (at Pacific)
Men’s Cross Country at Mustang Challenge, 9 a.m.
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Redlands, 11 a.m.

Volleyball at Cal Lutheran, 6 p.m.
Football (H) vs. Rhodes, 7 p.m.

Men’s Soccer at Cal Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 21
Men’s Water Polo vs. TBA (at Pacific)

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