Sagehens Men’s Water Polo team made history when they captured their third straight SCIAC Championship after defeating cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 11-4 on November 18. The team finished the season undefeated (14-0) in the SCIAC and 24-9 overall. Adam Gross ’21 ended the season with 30 goals, 25 assists and 26 steals.
In the Running
The Men’s Cross Country team won the SCIAC Championship and the NCAA West Regional for the second consecutive year. The team finished 7th in the NCAA Championship. At the SCIAC Championship, the team earned the 13th SCIAC title in program history, and six runners finished in the top 10,including Pitzer’s Owen Woo ’21 and Hugo Ward ’21. Julian DeGroot-Lutzner ’19 took 11th at the NCAA regional meet, where Andy Reischling (PO’19) continued his remarkable career with his second straight top finish. Eight Men’s XC runners took All-SCIAC honors, and Head Coach Jordan Carpenter won his second straight SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year award.
The Women’s Soccer team clinched the regular season SCIAC title but fell in penalty kicks to Occidental College in the SCIAC Tournament on November 3. Goalie Isa Berardo ’20 ranked #1 in save percentage (.944) in the SCIAC; midfielder Anna Ponzio ’22 was #4 for most goals (7). Brianna Lau ’20 and Peri Cuppens ’19 finished the season ranked #1 and #2 in the SCIAC in assists. Berardo, Lau and Ponzio earned All-SCIAC Second-Team honors, and Cuppens earned the SCIAC All-Distinction Award.
In her final season as a Sagehen, Julia Zwaal ’19 led the Volleyball team in nearly every offensive category, posting 199 total kills in SCIAC play and averaging 3.11 kills per set, with 267 total kills in the season. She earned Second Team All-SCIAC honors in October, finishing her career with 997 total kills and 972 total digs. She ended the regular season ranked #5 in the SCIAC for kills per set. The team went 13-15 overall and 10-6 in the SCIAC.
Sagehens Football beat cross-street rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on November 10 and ended their season 7-3 overall and 5-2 in SCIAC play—their best season finish since 1999. Quarterback Edward Sias ’19 closed out his Sagehen career ranked #2 in the SCIAC for yards per game. Offensive lineman Connor Addiego ’20 and defensive end Kyle Davis ’21 were two of four players named First Team All-SCIAC.
Women’s Cross Country team finished 2nd at the SCIAC Championship and NCAA West Region, with Helen Guo (PO’20) being named the SCIAC champion and taking first overall at the NCAA meet. Maddie Bennet ’19 wrapped up her Sagehen career with a top-50 finish at the SCIAC meet and won SCIAC’s Celia Peterson Award for her community service work.
The Men’s Soccer team celebrated Max DeWit ’19 and Taylor Reifert ’19 on Senior Day in October. The team ended the season 7-11 overall and 6-8 in SCIAC play.
John Wurzer joined the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s and Women’s Golf teams as the new head coach. Prior to Pomona-Pitzer, he coached NCAA Division I golf teams at USC and Long Beach State.
Winter sports are underway with Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams and Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving teams plunging into the season. Last year, the men’s and women’s Swim & Dive teams won the SCIAC Championship in the same year for the first time in program history; they hope to repeat the feat this season.
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