April 13, 2015 (Claremont, Calif.) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw Women’s Water Polo and Women’s Lacrosse celebrate their Senior Days with dominant wins as they look to secure the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament.
Women’s Water Polo was 3-0 on the week, defeating Caltech 17-3 and La Verne 15-5 in SCIAC play and using a late surge to defeat Azusa Pacific 14-10. Alyssa Woodward ’15, who did not play against Caltech, totaled 11 goals in two matches, scoring five in the Azusa Pacific win and then matching her career high with six on her Senior Day against La Verne. Carter Grant ’15 was also among the seven seniors honored before their last regular season home match at Haldeman Pool. The Sagehens improved to 6-0 in the SCIAC and close out the regular season on the road against fellow unbeaten CMS on Wednesday and Cal Lutheran on Saturday.
Women’s Lacrosse earned two big SCIAC wins, edging Occidental 10-9 and then storming past Chapman on its Senior Day 14-4 to improve to 7-1 in conference games. Aubrey Douglass ’16 had five goals and five assists in the two games combined, while defenders Annie Schatz ’15 and Zoe Brown ’15 were part of a stellar defensive effort in the Senior Day win over Chapman. The Sagehens have a two-game lead over 5-3 CMS with two games to play, needing one win or one CMS loss to clinch the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament. The Athenas won the first meeting and the two teams have their rematch on Wednesday at CMS, where a Sagehen win would give them a three-game lead over the entire conference, while a loss would put CMS back in the running for the top seed.
Baseball came through with a huge sweep of Chapman on Saturday by identical 5-4 scores after dropping the first game of the series at home. Cameron Yen ’16 had an outstanding pitching performance, allowing no earned runs over 7.2 innings but took a no-decision after Chapman took a 4-3 lead in the eighth. Samuel Fox ’15, who stretched his hitting streak to 22 games over the weekend, tied it with an RBI single in the ninth, and Kevin Jordan ’17 added a key single in the inning as the Sagehens scored four times to win it 7-4. In the nightcap, E.J. Lopez ’15 was 2-for-4, and Fox and Matt Omori ’18 each had RBI to help complete the sweep. Baseball is now in a five-way tie for second place in the SCIAC, one game out of first, and faces Caltech in a three-game series this weekend, including a home doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Men’s Tennis, which had won close matches all season on its way to a No. 3 national ranking, had the tables turned this weekend, falling 6-3 to No. 1 CMS and 5-4 to No. 17 Redlands (without Jacob Yasgoor ’17, who was out to rest an injury). Graham Maassen ’17 had a strong weekend, winning in doubles in both matches with Jonathan Kim ’16 and adding a singles win against Redlands. Michael Chang ’15 played at No. 5 singles in a 9-0 win over Caltech and earned a win in his Senior Day match on Saturday. Women’s Tennis, meanwhile, split matches with CMS (falling 6-3) and La Verne (winning 7-2). Grace Hruska ’18 won in doubles in both matches and added a singles win against La Verne. Both tennis teams are off until competing in the Ojai Valley Championships in two weeks.
Softball split a home doubleheader on Saturday with La Verne, taking the opening game 6-3 and falling in the nightcap 5-2. Ashley Morello ’15 was 3-for-3 with two RBI in the win, stretching her hitting streak to 10 games (she would add a hit in the nightcap to push it to 11). The Sagehens have two key doubleheaders this weekend as they try to fight back into a SCIAC Tournament spot, hosting Chapman on Friday and traveling to CMS on Saturday.
Men’s Golf had its second SCIAC regular season tournament and Jordan Fox ’16 had his best weekend of the spring, shooting a 77 and a 76. Mitchell Weeks ’16 added a 78 on Sunday, and Joe Wagner ’17 added a 78 on Saturday which included two eagles when he holed approach shots from 150 yards or more. The Sagehens are off until the SCIAC Championships on April 25-27.
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Wednesday, April 15
Women’s Water Polo at CMS, 7 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse at CMS, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 17
Track and Field at Azusa Pacific Invitational, 10 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. Chapman, 2 p.m.
Baseball at Caltech, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 18
Baseball (H) vs. Caltech, 11 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo at Cal Lutheran, 11 a.m
Softball at CMS, 12 p.m.
Monday, April 20
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Redlands