This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Women’s Lacrosse team win its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, while Men’s Tennis and Women’s Tennis both advanced to the NCAA regional finals before falling to CMS.
Women’s Lacrosse scored seven unanswered goals to turn a 3-0 deficit late in the first half into a 7-3 lead midway through the second half and went on to capture a 7-5 win over Occidental in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Sarah Markowitz ’16 had two straight goals in the run to stretch the lead from 4-3 to 6-3 and added the assist that got the Sagehens jump-started in the first half. Zoe Brown ’15 and Annie Schatz ’15 led a defense that kept Occidental scoreless for a span of almost 30 minutes. The victory sends the Sagehens on to the NCAA Regionals, where they will face No. 1 Trinity (Conn.) on Saturday in Connecticut. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Bowdoin-College of New Jersey contest in the regional finals on Sunday.
Men’s Tennis moved on to the NCAA Regional finals with a 5-3 win over Texas-Tyler on Friday. Sam Malech ’18 provided a key singles win, while Jonathan Kim ’16 and Graham Maassen ’17 earned a win in doubles. The Sagehens fell to No. 1 CMS 5-0 on Saturday to end its season, although Kim was leading his match 6-3, 4-3 at No. 2 singles when it was halted due to the team clinch.
Women’s Tennis also moved on to the NCAA Regional finals with a 5-0 win over Whitman. Grace Hruska ’18 earned both singles and doubles wins in that match to help the Sagehens reach the regional finals for the ninth straight season. CMS earned a 5-0 win on Sunday in the regional finals, but Hruska and doubles partner Lea Lynn Yen PO ’16 will compete in the NCAA Division III Championships from May 21-23.
Kaile Sauro ’17 competed in the heptathlon at the CMS Multi Meet on Thursday and Friday and broke 4000 points to become only the third member of the Women’s Track and Field team to cross that plateau. Sauro scored 4084 points to improve on her old mark of 3785 from last year. On Day 1, Sauro ran 15.72 in the 100 hurdles, high jumped 4-7 3/4″, threw 26-5 3/4″ in the shot put and ran 26.98 in the 200 meters. On Day 2, Sauro long jumped 17-0 1/2″, threw the javelin 79-5, and ran the 800m in 2:29.03. The hurdles, shot put, 200m, long jump and 800m were all personal records.
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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.