Claremont, Calif. (March 9, 2015) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Women’s Water Polo team win all four of its matches at Haldeman Pool at the annual Convergence Tournament, including an upset win in overtime over No. 19 UC San Diego, while Men’s Tennis swept its two home matches, including a 5-4 win over No. 11 Carnegie Mellon.
Women’s Water Polo played its first matches of the year at home as it co-hosted the annual Convergence Tournament with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Sagehens played a difficult schedule, including No. 19 UC San Diego on Friday and Division I George Washington on Saturday, but swept all four matches behind a stellar defensive effort. Ahsha Earwood ’17 had 44 saves and allowed only 20 goals on the weekend, as the team defeated Fresno Pacific 11-3, upset UC San Diego 9-8 in overtime, knocked off George Washington 7-5 in overtime, and closed it out with a 10-4 win over CSU Monterey Bay.
Earwood did not allow a goal in either overtime, and came up with the clinching steal in the final seconds of the overtime against UC San Diego, which defeated the Sagehens in an NCAA Play-In match last season (as well as in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2013). Alyssa Woodward ’15 added two goals in the win and then scored two more against George Washington (one in overtime) and three in the finale against Monterey Bay, when Hope Grant ’17 also chipped in with two goals. The Sagehens host two home matches on Wednesday, facing SCIAC rival Occidental at 4 p.m. and Division I Bucknell at 7 p.m.
Men’s Tennis also had a big sweep this weekend, taking a close decision against Carnegie Mellon in a battle of top 15 teams (the Sagehens came in ranked No. 15, while the Tartans were No. 11) and adding a shutout of Hardin-Simmons. Jacob Yasgoor ’17 and Jonathan Kim ’16 came up big in the Carnegie Mellon match, combining to win at No. 2 doubles and then each winning their singles matches (Yasgoor in two sets at No. 2 and Kim in three sets at No. 3 to tie match 4-4). Graham Maassen ’17 also combined for a win at No. 3 doubles. Blake Myrin ’18 picked up a win against Hardin-Simmons in his first collegiate match. The Sagehens host No. 18 Bowdoin on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and then co-host the annual Stag-Hen Tournament on Friday and Saturday, beginning with a match against Case Western on Friday at 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis also picked up a win in a battle of ranked teams, knocking off SCIAC rival Redlands 7-2 on Saturday (the Sagehens came in ranked No. 8, and the Bulldogs at No. 22). Grace Hruska ’18 continued her strong doubles play this season with a win at No. 1. Women’s Tennis has a busy week ahead, beginning with a home match on Monday against defending national champion Emory at 4 p.m., followed by home matches with Trinity on Tuesday and Carnegie Mellon on Thursday.
Joining the list of big winners this week was Women’s Lacrosse, which edged Redlands 10-9 in a rematch of last year’s SCIAC Championship game. The Sagehens built a 10-5 lead behind three second-half goals from Sarah Markowitz ’16 and hung on late behind Zoe Brown ’15 and the defense, which killed off a late penalty to seal the win. Women’s Lacrosse is off this week before returning to action against SUNY New Paltz next Tuesday.
Baseball had a bye week from SCIAC play and had a Sunday non-league game against Northeast power Ithaca, coming away with a 5-2 win. E.J. Lopez ’15 keyed the win with a two-run home run to start the scoring in a four-run second inning, scoring Mark Okuma ’15, who led off with a single as part of his 2-for-3 day at the plate. The Sagehens face Ithaca again on Monday and then have a three-game series with La Verne this weekend, including a home doubleheader on Saturday.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field also came away with a sweep of the weekend, as both teams defeated Caltech, Cal Lutheran and Chapman in a SCIAC Quad meet held at La Verne. Kaile Sauro ’17 was the winner in the 100-meter hurdles for the women, while Bennett Kopperud ’16 took the 400-meter hurdles on the men’s side. Andrew Segraves ’16 added a win in the 800 meters, while Paul Messana ’17 was first in the 1500 meters. The Track and Field teams will be in action this weekend at the Occidental Distance Carnival and Sprint Fest.
Winter sports honors came in last week, and Basha Brulee-Wills ’17 was named first-team All-SCIAC for the Women’s Basketball team after leading the conference in both scoring and rebounding in league games. Brulee-Wills became the first player to earn first-team All-SCIAC honors for the program since the 2003-04 campaign.
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Monday, March 9
Baseball (H) vs. Ithaca, 3 p.m.
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Emory, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Trinity (Texas), 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. Occidental, 4 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Bowdoin, 4 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. Bucknell, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Carnegie Mellon, 4 p.m.
Friday, March 13
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Case Western, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. TBA, 2 p.m.
Baseball at La Verne, 3 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field at Occidental Carnival, 5 p.m.
Women’s Track and Field at Occidental Carnival, 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 14
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. TBA, 10 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. La Verne, 11 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. CMS, 12 p.m.
Sunday, March 15
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Bowdoin, 12 p.m.
Monday, March 16
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Amherst, 10 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Spalding, 11 a.m.