Claremont, Calif. (March 10, 2015)—Pitzer College student Ahsha Earwood ’17 was named the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week (all sports) for the week ending March 8.
Earwood had a huge weekend for the Sagehens Women’s Water Polo team, which went a perfect 4-0 at its host Convergence Tournament, including two wins in overtime. She allowed only five goals per game over the four matches, including nine saves in an 11-3 win over Fresno Pacific and 11 in a 9-8 overtime win over No. 19 UC San Diego on Friday, then 11 more in a 7-5 overtime win over George Washington and 13 in a 10-4 win over CSU Monterey Bay on Saturday.
Earwood did not allow a goal in either overtime (12 total minutes), and broke up a pass to an open player in front of the net on the final possession of the game by UC San Diego. That save helped the Sagehens hold on for their first-ever win over the Tritons, who were 12-0 in the series all-time, including a win in an NCAA Play-In match last year, and a second round NCAA Tournament game in 2013.
In the final match of the weekend, Earwood was simply spectacular, as she had 10 saves in the first half and allowed no goals as the Sagehens held a narrow 3-0 lead heading into halftime. She stopped a 5-meter attempt in the first half and stopped a clean breakaway in the final seconds of the first quarter. She ended the day with 13 saves and allowed four goals, two of which came in the final minutes after the benches emptied and the game was decided.
With the four wins, the Sagehens improved to 7-6 on the season and will begin SCIAC play tomorrow with a home match against Occidental at 4 p.m. The Sagehens will also play a non-league match against Division I Bucknell at 7 p.m.
About Sagehen Athletics
Pitzer College joins with Pomona College to field 21 varsity teams – The Sagehens – that compete in Division III NCAA athletics and as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). There are 10 men’s and 11 women’s teams: baseball (men), basketball, cross country, football (men), golf, lacrosse (women), soccer, softball (women), swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball (women) and water polo.