Claremont, Calif. (May 4, 2015) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw Women’s Lacrosse add the SCIAC Tournament title to its regular season championship and earn an NCAA Tournament bid, while Men’s and Women’s Tennis both earned NCAA berths as well after runner-up finishes in the conference tournament.
Women’s Lacrosse entered the SCIAC Tournament finals against Occidental knowing that it already had the official conference title in hand, but did not let down a bit as it earned an 8-3 win over Occidental, its tenth win a row. Sarah Markowitz ’16 had a goal and four assists, while seniors Zoe Brown ’15 and Annie Schatz ’15 were part of a defense that held the Tigers to only three goals in the entire game. The two teams will meet again in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, with the Sagehens hosting on Sunday, with the winner moving on to likely face Trinity (Conn.), which is ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Men’s Tennis avenged one of its few regular season losses in the SCIAC Tournament, defeating Redlands 5-4 in the semifinals on Friday. Jonathan Kim ’16 and Graham Maassen ’17 earned a win at No. 2 doubles, and Maassen came through with a key singles win at No. 3, while Samuel Malech ’18 earned a win at No. 5. Kim and Maassen won again in doubles against No. 1 CMS in the finals, but the Stags were able to prevail 7-2 to take the title. The Sagehens, who are ranked No. 6 nationally, still earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships and will open on Friday against Texas-Tyler in a match held at CMS.
Women’s Tennis also reached the finals of the SCIAC Tournament before falling to CMS and will be in the NCAA Regionals this weekend as well. The Sagehens will open on Saturday against the winner of the opening round game between Whitman and St. Scholastica, in the regionals held at CMS, with a potential rematch with the Athenas on Sunday. Women’s Tennis earned shutout wins over Whittier (5-0) and La Verne (9-0) to reach the finals, with Grace Hruska ’18 earning doubles wins in both matches and a singles win against La Verne.
Baseball closed out its season at the SCIAC Tournament, falling to Redlands 10-4 in the opening round and then falling in an elimination game to Cal Lutheran 10-0. E.J. Lopez ’15 was 2-for-3 with two RBI against Redlands, while Mark Okuma ’15 was 3-for-4 against Cal Lutheran in his final collegiate contest. Samuel Fox ’15 had hits in both games to end his final campaign with a .425 batting average.
The Track and Field teams also competed in the SCIAC Championships this weekend. Kaile Sauro ’17 had a strong effort for the women’s team, earning a fifth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.11 seconds and a sixth place finish in the long jump, while Ellen Yamasaki ’15 earned top 10 finishes in all three throwing events she entered, finishing seventh in the discus, hammer and javelin. Paul Messana ’17 finished fifth in the 800 meters for the men’s team as he was unable to defend his 2014 SCIAC title in that event. Brandon Hull ’18 and Quinn Cassidy ’18 were fourth and sixth in the pole vault, respectively, while Reggie Reed ’17 earned a top 10 finish in the shot put (seventh).
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Friday, May 8
Men’s Tennis vs. Texas-Tyler, 2 p.m. (NCAA Regionals at CMS)
Saturday, May 9
Men’s Tennis vs. CMS/UC Santa Cruz, TBA (if Sagehens advance)
Women’s Tennis vs. Whitman/St. Scholastica, TBA (NCAA Regionals at CMS)
Track and Field at Occidental Invitational, 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 10
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Occidental, 1 p.m. (NCAA Opening Round)
Women’s Tennis at NCAA Regional Finals, TBA (if Sagehens advance)