Sagehen Roundup for the Week of October 6, 2014

Drew Lind ’14, one of the Sagehen captains, has helped lead the Men’s Soccer team to a big lead in the SCIAC standings with three weeks left in the regular season.
Drew Lind ’14, one of the Sagehen captains, has helped lead the Men’s Soccer team to a big lead in the SCIAC standings with three weeks left in the regular season.

Claremont, CA (October 13, 2014) This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Men’s Soccer team open up a big lead for first place in the SCIAC standings with a pair of wins, while the Men’s Water Polo team had a strong effort in a home win over Mercyhurst.

Men’s Soccer, led by captain Drew Lind ’14, defeated Cal Lutheran 3-1 on Wednesday and then took a 2-1 home win over La Verne on Saturday to improve to 8-1-1 in the SCIAC. The Sagehens currently have a 2.5-game lead over second place Occidental and Redlands, who are tied at 6-4, with six games left to play. Men’s Soccer has a difficult stretch of three road games coming up, beginning with a trip to Occidental on Wednesday, followed by CMS on Saturday and Chapman next Monday.

Men’s Water Polo earned a 12-7 win over Mercyhurst on Friday as it gears up to start SCIAC play this weekend. The Sagehens led 11-3 after three quarters and were able to coast down the stretch to the easy win. Stephen Vint ’15 had two goals, Kyle Van der Linde ’15 added one, and Daniel Diemer ’18 had three fourth quarter saves in goal. Men’s Water Polo will host Air Force on Monday in its final non-conference tune-up before starting SCIAC play against Occidental on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Volleyball had a 2-1 week at the La Verne Invitational, earning a pair of 3-0 sweeps on Saturday, defeating Endicott and Widener by 3-0 scores. Ellen Yamasaki ’15 had a combined 21 kills in the three matches, with a high of nine in the win over Endicott, when she added 11 digs. Samantha Quesada-Diaz ’17 also added 15 kills, with a high of seven (in 14 attempts) in the win over Widener. The Sagehens will travel to Whittier on Tuesday before hosting No. 2-ranked Cal Lutheran on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Soccer dropped its first SCIAC game of the season at CMS on Wednesday, and then bounced back for a 1-1 tie at La Verne on Saturday. The Sagehens, who have 12 players either out or limited by injuries, took a 1-0 second half lead at La Verne as Mary Stafford ’16 assisted on the go-ahead goal, but the Leopards were able to knot the score up with 12 minutes to play. Pomona-Pitzer is still just one-half game out of first in the SCIAC at 5-1-2 and will have a couple key games this week, traveling to Redlands on Wednesday and hosting Occidental on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Football is in the midst of a difficult stretch of games, facing the top three teams in the SCIAC (Redlands, Chapman, Cal Lutheran) in its first three league games, and will travel to Cal Lutheran this weekend. In a loss to Chapman on Saturday, Andrew Kurtz ’16 (four tackles), Isaac Richard ’16 (three) and Bulolo Jonga (three) were among the defensive leaders, while Brandon Zemp ’17 had two tackles and broke up a pass.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country were idle last weekend, but will return to action on Friday for the SCIAC Multi-Duals at La Mirada Park. Paul Messana ’17 is one of the top runners for the men’s team, while Camille Matonis ’15 is one of the top two runners for the women.

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This Week’s Schedule

Home Events In Bold

Monday. Oct. 13
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Air Force, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 14
Volleyball at Whittier, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 15
Men’s Soccer at Occidental, 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Redlands, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17
Cross Country at SCIAC Multi-Duals, 4:30 p.m. (La Mirada)
Volleyball (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Occidental, 11 a.m.
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Occidental, 11 a.m.

Football at Cal Lutheran, 1 p.m.

Men’s Soccer at CMS, 7 p.m.