Claremont, CA (October 20, 2014) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Men’s Water Polo team start SCIAC play with a convincing win over Occidental, while the Men’s Cross Country team (first) and Women’s Cross Country team (second) both had strong efforts at the SCIAC Multi-Duals.
Men’s Water Polo played its first SCIAC match of the season on Saturday and cruised past Occidental 17-5. After the score was tied 1-1, the Sagehens scored 11 goals in a row to take a 12-1 lead in the third quarter. Stephen Vint ’15 and Timmy Hardman ’17 each had two goals, while Kyle Van der Linde ’15, Austin Strong ’15 and Bennett Royce ’18 each added a goal as well. The Sagehens will be at Chapman on Saturday in their lone match of this week.
Camille Matonis ’15 finished fourth overall out of 110 runners to help the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Cross Country team to a second place finish (7-1) at the annual SCIAC Multi-Duals at La Mirada Park on Friday. Paul Messana ’17 was in the top ten for the Sagehens on the men’s side (29th overall) as they dominated the competition to come in first place with a perfect 8-0 record. The cross country teams will next be in action in two weeks for the SCIAC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Volleyball split a pair of SCIAC matches on the week, picking up a key 3-0 sweep at Whittier to open up a two game lead on the Poets for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament, and then falling 3-0 to No. 2 Cal Lutheran on Friday. Samantha Quesada-Diaz ’17 was second on the Sagehens with six kills against Whittier, while Ellen Yamasaki ’15 was second in digs with 14. Yamasaki added six kills and seven digs against Cal Lutheran to rank second on the Sagehens in both categories in that match. Volleyball will be at Occidental on Tuesday before hosting CMS in a Sixth Street match on Friday.
It was a tough week for the Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer teams, but both still remain in control of their own destinies in the jostling for SCIAC Tournament position. Men’s Soccer, which fell 3-1 at Occidental and 2-0 at CMS, still has a half-game lead for first place with four games left to play. Women’s Soccer, which tied Redlands 0-0 on the road and fell to Occidental 2-1 despite a goal from Mary Stafford ‘16, is still in third place and can qualify for the conference tournament with a strong finish. Women’s Soccer hosts Cal Lutheran on Wednesday, while Men’s Soccer entertains Caltech on Saturday.
Football returns home this weekend for a 7 p.m. game against Whittier on Saturday, after falling at perennial league power Cal Lutheran last weekend. Andrew Kurtz ’16 and Nick Urban ’17 each had five tackles to rank among the leaders on the Sagehens, while Bulolo Jonga ’17 added three. The Sagehens defeated Whittier last season on the road in overtime.
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Monday, Oct. 20
Men’s Soccer at Chapman, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Volleyball at Occidental, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 24
Volleyball (H) vs. CMS, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. Caltech, 11 a.m.
Men’s Water Polo at Chapman, 11 a.m.
Volleyball at Redlands, 6 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Chapman, 7 p.m.
Football (H) vs. Whittier, 7 p.m.