This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Men’s Soccer team clinch a bid to the SCIAC Tournament, while the Women’s Soccer and Volleyball teams enter the final week of the regular season needing just one win to clinch their postseason bids as well.
Men’s Soccer maintained their hold on first place in the SCIAC by coming back twice for a 2-2 tie with Chapman on Monday and then adding a 6-0 win over Caltech on Saturday. Andrew Lind ’14 had both goals against Chapman, including the tying goal in the 86th minute to help force overtime, and then added another goal in the Caltech win. The Sagehens control their own destiny for the SCIAC title, which they can earn with wins over Redlands on Wednesday at home (4 p.m.) and at Whittier on Saturday. Finishing first or second would also allow them to host a SCIAC semifinal game on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m.
Women’s Soccer took a big step forward in its bid for a SCIAC Tournament berth by playing to a 1-1 tie with Cal Lutheran on Wednesday and then picking up a 3-0 road win over Chapman on Saturday. Sofia Barsher ’18 scored a key goal in the Chapman win, while Sara Ach ’15 helped anchor the midfield. The Sagehens can clinch a SCIAC bid with a win at last-place Whittier on Wednesday before hosting first-place CMS on Saturday at 11 a.m. in their regular season finale.
Volleyball went 2-1 on the week, picking up a 3-0 home win over Occidental on Tuesday and a 3-1 road win over Redlands on Saturday, sandwiched around a loss to CMS on Friday. The Redlands win saw the Sagehens drop the first set, but rally to win the final three. Ellen Yamasaki ’15 had eight kills, 15 digs and four blocks against Redlands to help lead the comeback, while Samantha Quesada-Diaz ’17 added five kills. Volleyball can earn its way into the SCIAC Tournament with a win over Chapman at home on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.), or by winning its final two matches at Caltech on Friday and home against La Verne on Saturday (1 p.m.).
Football picked up a 24-0 shutout win over Whittier on Saturday for its first victory of the year. Bulolo Jonga ’17 helped key the defensive effort with three tackles, a pass deflection and an interception, while Bobby Ciafullo ’18, Colton Coss ’17 and Sean Mulcahy ’16 helped lead an offensive line that paved the way for 232 rushing yards and 40:35 in time of possession (to Whittier’s 19:25). At halftime, the program also honored former football player Scott Studenmund, who attended Pitzer before joining the Army to become a Green Beret and lost his live serving his country in Afghanistan in June. The Sagehens travel to Occidental this week for the annual Battle for the Drum.
Men’s Water Polo dropped its only contest of the week, an 11-6 road decision at Chapman on Saturday. Kyle Van der Linde ’15 scored a goal for the Sagehens, as did Timothy Hardman ’17 and Bennett Royce ’18. The Sagehens host two home matches this week, including defending SCIAC Champion Whittier on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Redlands on Saturday at 11 a.m., when the team’s seniors will be honored, including Van der Linde, Stephen Vint ’15 and Austin Strong ’15.
The Cross Country teams were idle this week, but will take part in the SCIAC Championships this Saturday in Chino. Camille Matonis ’15 will be among the contenders for the individual title on the women’s side, while Paul Messana ’17 will try to help the men’s team earn the title after finishing a close second last year. The Swimming and Diving teams will also open the 2014-15 season by hosting the SCIAC Relays on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Volleyball (H) vs. Chapman, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. Redlands, 4 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Whittier, 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Whittier, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 30
Volleyball at Caltech, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1
Men’s Cross Country at SCIAC Championships, 9:45 a.m.
Women’s Cross Country at SCIAC Championships, 9:45 a.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Redlands, 11 a.m.
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. CMS, 11 a.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. La Verne, 1 p.m.
Men’s Swimming/Diving (H), SCIAC Relays, 2 p.m.
Women’s Swimming/Diving (H), SCIAC Relays, 2 p.m.
Football at Occidental, 7 p.m.
Men’s Soccer at Whittier, 7 p.m.