Sagehen Roundup for the Week of March 16, 2015

Graham Maassen '17 went 3-0 in singles this week, helping the Sagehens Men’s Tennis team defeat No. 1 Amherst.
Graham Maassen ’17 went 3-0 in singles this week, helping the Sagehens Men’s Tennis team defeat No. 1 Amherst.

This week in Sagehens Athletics saw a huge four-match sweep from the Men’s Tennis team, including a win over No. 1 Amherst, while Softball also won all three of its games, including a road sweep of Occidental.

Men’s Tennis had a difficult two-day stretch on Tuesday and Wednesday, with four matches against nationally ranked teams crammed into a span of 36 hours. The Sagehens were pushed to the limit, but came through in dramatic fashion with four wins, including a 6-3 victory over No. 1 and defending national champion Amherst on Tuesday.

Graham Maassen ’17 was 3-0 in singles on the week, including a straight-set win to help the Sagehens defeat Amherst, and a comeback win in three sets to provide the deciding point in a 5-4 win over Tufts. Samuel Malech ’18 provided the clinching point in a 5-4 win over Skidmore on Wednesday to close out the 4-0 week. Jacob Yasgoor ’17, playing through a painful injury that limited his mobility, also came up huge against Tufts, winning his matches at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. The Sagehens have a busy week ahead as they will try to continue their momentum, beginning with a home match against No. 3 Middlebury on Tuesday (4 p.m.).

Women’s Tennis fell to Amherst on Monday 6-3, but bounced back with a convincing 8-1 win over Vassar. Grace Hruska ’18 was 2-0 in singles on the week to stretch her winning streak to five matches, and was named the West Region Player of the Week by division3tennis.com (joining Jake Yasgoor, who won the same award on the men’s side last week). Marie Fleming ’16 also added a singles and doubles sweep against Vassar. The Sagehens host three matches this week, including No. 13 Chicago on Wednesday, SCIAC rival Whittier on Friday and No. 10 Middlebury on Saturday.

Softball earned three wins on the week, defeating Grinnell 10-1 at home on Friday and then sweeping Occidental 11-1 and 4-3 on Saturday. Ashley Morello ’15 was 3-for-3 in the Grinnell game and then singled to lead off the seventh and scored the winning run in the 4-3 win over Occidental. Natalie Ireland ’18 added four RBI on the weekend, while Missy Pekarek ’18 threw the fifth inning against Grinnell and struck out two.

Baseball went 2-1 on the week against non-league opponents, taking an 11-4 win over Spalding on Monday and splitting a doubleheader with Wesleyan on Friday. Samuel Fox ’15 was 5-for-11 on the week to stretch his hitting streak to 12 games and is now hitting .462 on the season. Mark Okuma ’15 was 2-2 with a homer, a double, and three RBI in a 9-6 win over Wesleyan. The Sagehens host MIT on Monday in another non-league game and then face Occidental in a three-game series, beginning with a home game on Friday at 3 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse traveled to Colorado College to play three games and closed out the trip with a 15-11 win over Colorado College on Sunday, after falling in two one-goal games to Wesleyan (12-11 in sudden death overtime on Thursday) and Skidmore (11-10 on Friday). Sarah Markowitz ’16 had four goals in the Colorado College win, after scoring five of her team’s 10 goals in the loss to Skidmore, while Aubrey Douglass ’16 had nine assists in the three games. The Sagehens host Buffalo State on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Women’s Water Polo also had a Spring Break trip as they traveled to Hawaii for three tough contests against No. 3 USC, No. 7 Hawaii and an exhibition with  the Brazil National Team. Alyssa Woodward ’15 scored all three Sagehen goals in a loss to USC and added four more in a close loss to Brazil, which was 9-7 after three quarters before Brazil pulled away for a 14-7 win. The Sagehens host Brown on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and then play a SCIAC match at Chapman on Saturday.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field are back in action this weekend, hosting a SCIAC Quad meet at Strehle Track on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. They will then host their annual Invitational next Saturday, April 4. Men’s Golf is also back in action this week when it travels to The West Cup in Tukwet on Monday and Tuesday.

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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold

Monday, March 23
Men’s Golf at The West Cup (Tukwet), 9 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. MIT, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24
Men’s Golf at The West Cup (Tukwet), 9 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. Brown, 4 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Middlebury, 4 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Buffalo State, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Chicago, 4 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Williams, 4 p.m.

Friday, March 27
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Chicago, 10 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. Williams, 1 p.m.
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Whittier, 2 p.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Occidental, 3 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. UC Santa Cruz, 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 28
Men’s Track and Field (H) SCIAC Quad, 10 a.m.
Women’s Track and Field (H) SCIAC Quad, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Middlebury, 10 a.m.

Women’s Water Polo at Chapman, 11 a.m.
Baseball at Occidental, 11 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. Whittier, 12 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. UC Santa Cruz, 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 29
Women’s Golf at Walker Cup (Los Serranos), 10 a.m.

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