Pitzer’s graduating Sagehens have been named to All-American, All-Conference and All-Academic teams. Over the past four years, the Sagehens have won eight SCIAC titles, including this year’s champs: Women’s Water Polo and Lacrosse. Pitzer’s student-athletes were champions and captains, leaders on the field and off.
Alyssa Woodward ’15 was named Women’s Water Polo Athlete of the Year (see profile). She and Carter Grant ’15 were among the seniors who won SCIAC titles during all four of their Sagehen seasons. This year, the Women’s Water Polo team ended the season 10-1 in the SCIAC, with its only loss to SCIAC co-champions Whittier.
Zoe Brown ’15, Annie Schatz ’15 and the Women’s Lacrosse team won both the 2015 SCIAC championship title for having the league’s best record and the SCIAC Championship Tournament Finals game against second-seeded Occidental. In May, the team won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game to advance to the regional semifinals in Connecticut, where they lost to top-ranked Trinity Women’s Lacrosse.
Shortstop Samuel Fox ’15 was named 2015 SCIAC Baseball Athlete of the Year and West Region Player of the Year after hitting .425 with six homers and 40 RBI. His 28-game hitting streak lasted more than two months, and his 74 hits on the season rank second nationally in NCAA Division III through May 5. A double major in political studies and English and world literature, Fox was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 team.
As the Sagehens’ starting third baseman for four years, E.J. Lopez ’15 served as team captain and won the Judie & Frank Fenton Award for Athletic Leadership. A human biology major, he has earned first-team All-SCIAC and 2nd-team All-West Region honors, as well as being named to SCIAC’s All-Sportsmanship Team. Along with teammates Ryan Madden ’15 and Mark Okuma ’15, Fox and Lopez helped lead the Sagehens to a 28-13 record and a SCIAC Tournament berth.
Making a Marc(o)
Men’s Water Polo lefty Stephen Vint ’15 was named SCIAC Rookie of the Year his first year at Pitzer and has earned both All-American and All-SCIAC honors. Over his four years, he scored more than 152 goals and won two SCIAC titles with his team. Teammate Kyle Van der Linde ’15 scored in the team’s final game this season against Occidental.
Nothing but Net
Playing guard for the Sagehens Men’s Basketball team, Adrian Brandon ’15 earned National Association of Basketball Coaches honors and won the Judie & Frank Fenton Award for Athletic Leadership. A double major in environmental analysis and studio art, he was selected to SCIAC’s All-Academic Team and was awarded a Fulbright to teach English in Taiwan. Co-captain and guard Joseph Eyen ’15 won Pitzer’s Most Outstanding Student Athlete Award. A three-time SCIAC All-Academic team selection, Eyen is a political studies major and environmental analysis minor.
Softball outfielder Ashley Morello ’15 batted a career-best .421 this spring, which included .438 in conference games. She had 53 hits from her leadoff spot in the batting order, giving her 186 in her four-year career, setting a new Sagehen record. She won the Daley Award for Athletic Achievement and earned first-team, All-SCIAC honors and third-team All-West Region this year.
Ellen Yamasaki ’15, a two-sport threat in volleyball and track and field, won the Most Outstanding Student Athlete Award. As a volleyball player, she finished eighth in career kills. An anthropology major, she’s been named SCIAC Freshman of the Year, captain, team MVP and earned 2nd-team All-SCIAC honors. In track and field, she is 8th in program history in the hammer throw.
Sara Ach ’15 was part of the first senior class of the Women’s Soccer team to qualify for the SCIAC Tournament in all four seasons.
Covering the Field
Nicholas LaCivita ’15 played both wide receiver and special teams for the Sagehens Football team.
In the Long Run
Camille Matonis ’15 in Women’s Cross Country earned All-West Region honors and secured third place in school history in the 6K.
Sagehens Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving teams—including Pitzer seniors Avery Barron ’15, Eirik Hansen ’15, Margaret Pettibone ’15 and Andrew Savage ’15—both ranked in the top three in the nation in team GPA during the fall semester, with a 3.60 for the men and 3.58 GPA for the women. Hansen and Savage helped set school records in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays at the SCIAC Championships and earned All-SCIAC honors. Pettibone was part of the 400-yard medley relay team that set a program record in 2013.
Alyssa Woodward Scores All Her Goals
Alyssa Woodward ’15 clearly feels that playing for the Sagehens Women’s Water Polo team has been a terrific experience for her. Although perhaps calling it just one “experience” sells it short.
“I was talking to Coach Alex (Rodriguez) about just how many experiences water polo has given me,” she said. “When we went to Boston for the NCAA Championships, it was my first time ever on the East Coast, and only the second time even being on a plane. Now, I’ve gotten to go to Hawaii, and we’ve played against the best teams in the country. I’ve played against Olympians. It’s really been amazing.”
Alyssa capped her collegiate career in May, when SCIAC named her Women’s Water Polo Athlete of the Year. She added that accolade to seasons full of major milestones. Alyssa is a three-time Division III first-team All-American who led the Sagehens in scoring for the fourth year in a row with 65 goals, finishing her career with 318. She was named the female MVP at the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Awards in May and won Pitzer’s Daley Award for Athletic Achievement in April.
Alyssa and the senior class of seven players (including Carter Grant ’15) completed a rare four-for-four sweep of conference championships this spring. The Sagehens Women’s Water Polo team finished the year with a 10-1 mark in the SCIAC, earning a co-championship with Whittier.
After graduation, Alyssa plans to continue her water polo career, either as a player in Europe or as a coach in the US, before pursuing a graduate degree in education and teaching primary school students.
Over her four years at Pitzer, Alyssa says professors from across The Claremont Colleges have helped her integrate her academic and athletic lives.
“I’ve been able to be both a student and an athlete, and I have advisers in both my major (studio art) and minor (mathematics) who are very supportive of my participation in athletics,” Alyssa said. “If I had a chance to go through the college selection process all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I couldn’t imagine a better experience.”
—Jeremy Kniffin, sports information director, Pomona-Pitzer Athletics