Pomona-Pitzer Earns Sudden Death Win Over CMS In SCIAC Opening Round

Pomona-Pitzer Earns Sudden Death Win Over CMS In SCIAC Opening Round

Claremont, Calif. - Freshman Katie Savino (Portland, Ore. - pictured) had a pivotal defensive play, and junior midfielder Jana London (Chevy Chase, Md.) scored the game-winner, her seventh goal of the game, moments later as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team defeated CMS 13-12 in sudden-death overtime on Wednesday evening at Merritt Field in the opening round of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 11-7 on the year and move on to face top-seeded Redlands on the road on Saturday in one of two SCIAC semifinals. CMS sees its season end at 8-10.

Madi Shove (seven goals) tied the score for CMS with 1:59 left in the second overtime to force the game into sudden death. Shove won the ensuing draw control and was isolated 1-on-1 against Savino in front of the Pomona-Pitzer goal with a chance to win the game. However, Savino read her move and stepped in her path to draw an offensive foul for a pivotal turnover, giving Pomona-Pitzer the ball.

After the Sagehens earned the clear, London was able to get the ball 25 yards straight out from goal. A double-team came, but London was able to cut back between the two defenders and break in alone on goal. CMS goalie Sara Ginsburg had stopped her on a low shot late in the second overtime, but this time London went high over her left shoulder and tucked the shot in under the crossbar for the decisive goal.

Pomona-Pitzer took a 12-11 lead early in the first overtime, as freshman Ally McLaughlin (Wynnewood, Pa.) scored off a feed from Emma Molloy (Basking Ridge, N.J.), which was the first lead for the Sagehens since Molloy scored to make it 1-0 in the opening minutes. After the teams switched ends and CMS won the ensuing draw control, Shove answered with her seventh goal off a feed from Christina Sutherland to knot the score up 11-11.

CMS used a 4-0 run over a span of 2:41 late in the first half to take a 6-2 lead, as Izzy Laterzo scored the final two goals of the run. The run was started by Alex Savino, Katie's twin sister, as the two twins ended up on opposite sides of the Sixth Street rivalry.

However, London scored twice and junior Kaitlin Jones (Minneapolis, Minn.) added one in between as Pomona-Pitzer was able to get back within 6-5 at the break.

Shove, though, had personal 3-0 run to get the lead back up to 9-5 at the 25:27 mark of the second half, as she appeared ready to single-handedly carry the Athenas to the win. London broke the run with a free position shot at the 22:57 mark, and Jones took the ensuing draw control out of the air and went right down to score 10 seconds later to get the Sagehens back in the game quickly.

After Hilary Slauson scored to make it 10-7 with 17:49 left, the Sagehens had a gradual 3-0 run, started on a goal by junior midfielder Logan Galansky (Denver, Colo.) and ending with two goals from London to tie it 10-10 with 5:39 left, the first tie since 2-2. Rachel Darby scored with 4:47 left to give the Athenas the lead back, but Jones scored all alone in front off a London feed 47 seconds later. 

Senior goalie Casey Leek (Bucharest, Romania) stopped two free position shots that would have put CMS in front, before the Sagehens got a clear and held for the final shot of regulation. However, London's shot with 15 seconds left was blocked and Pomona-Pitzer couldn't squeeze off a shot in front of the net on the ensuing scramble as time expired.

Heading into the final overtime, the score was 12-12, shots were 27-27, shots on goal were 22-22, saves were 10-10 and ground balls were 14-14 as the game was as evenly matched as they come.

London had seven goals and one assists to lead all players with eight points, while Jones had three goals and Molloy had a goal and two assists. Leek finished with 10 saves, while Ginsburg had 10 saves for CMS.

Pomona-Pitzer was swept in the regular season series by Redlands, which won the first meeting 12-6 at Merritt Field on Feb. 13, and took the rematch at home 12-5 on April 10. Redlands also eliminated the Sagehens in the SCIAC semifinals last year.