Claremont, Calif. (November 17, 2014) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw three teams compete in the NCAA Division III Regionals, while Men’s Swimming and Diving had a close meet with Division II Cal Baptist.
Men’s Soccer saw its historic run come to an end with a 2-0 loss to Texas-Dallas in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The game was 0-0 until midway through the second half, when the Comets scored off a corner kick, before adding a late insurance goal with 24 seconds left to seal it. Drew Lind ’14, who was named first-team All-SCIAC last week, closed out his Sagehen career after leading the team to a SCIAC title in 2012, and its first NCAA bid since 1980 this season.
Camille Matonis ’15 also capped off her career with the Women’s Cross Country team by earning second-team All-West Region honors with a 25th place finish (23:11.20) at the regionals in Salem, Oregon. The Men’s Cross Country team finished second at the regionals as well, to earn an automatic qualification to next week’s nationals in Mason, Ohio.
Men’s Swimming and Diving gave a strong battle to Division II Cal Baptist on Saturday, falling 154-134. Andrew Savage ’15 came in first place in the 100-yard freestyle and second place in the 50-yard freestyle. Savage and Eirik Hansen ’15 were part of a freestyle relay team finished a close second (just .12 behind Cal Baptist), while Kyle Dalrymple ’17 came in under a minute in the 100-yard breaststroke for a second-place finish (59.60). For the women, Cayla Nishizaki ’17 was second in the 50 free, and Dawn Barlow ’16 came in second in both diving events. Barlow will be in action at Haldeman Pool this Saturday when Pomona-Pitzer hosts the Inland Empire Diving Invitational.
Men’s Water Polo closed out the regular season with a couple of tough losses, falling 12-9 to CMS and 9-7 to Cal Lutheran. Stephen Vint ’15 had two goals and two assists in the first half against CMS, helping the Sagehens to a 7-6 lead, but the Stags used a 5-0 run in the second half to take control. Men’s Water Polo will be at the SCIAC Tournament at Redlands this weekend from Friday-Sunday.
Football closed out the 2014 season with a 41-21 defeat to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Merritt Field. Sean Mulcahy ’16 caught three passes for 33 yards on offense, and Isaac Richard ’16 had 83 yards in return yardage. Nicky LaCivita ’15 was among the seniors honored prior to the contest for playing in their final collegiate contest.
Women’s Basketball started the 2014-15 season at home against Pacific Lutheran and came up just short in a 58-56 defeat. Basha Brulee-Wills ’17 had a game-high 17 points and had a steal with 10 seconds left to give the Sagehens a chance to tie at the end after Kacie Hitomi ’17 had closed the deficit to two with a driving layup. Amelia Hummel ’16 added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Men’s Basketball opens up its season this week with a pair of home games, facing Biola on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Trinity (Texas) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Senior guards Adrian Brandon ’15 and Joe Eyen ’15 will be among the veteran leaders on this year’s team, while four Pitzer freshmen will factor into the team’s rotation, including shooting guard Hunter Lowry ’18, wings Spencer Schwartz ’18 and Earl Schultz ’18, and forward Glenn Leininger ’18.
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This Week’s Schedule
(Home Events In Bold)
Tuesday, Nov. 18
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. Biola, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20
Women’s Basketball at La Sierra, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21
Men’s Water Polo vs. Chapman, 5:15 p.m. (SCIAC Tourn. at Redlands)
Saturday, Nov. 22
Men’s Cross Country at NCAA Championships, 9 a.m. (Mason, Ohio)
Diving (H), Inland Empire Diving Invitational, 10 a.m.
Men’s Water Polo vs. TBA, (SCIAC Tournament)
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. Trinity, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23
Men’s Water Polo vs. TBA (SCIAC Tournament)