Dominant Second Half Leads Sagehens Past Redlands

Dominant Second Half Leads Sagehens Past Redlands

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team held Redlands scoreless over the final 26:20 to turn an 8-7 halftime deficit into a convincing 14-9 win in the regular season finale for both teams on Monday evening. 

With the win, the Sagehens have now won seven straight and stand at 12-3 overall and 9-1 in the SCIAC, three games ahead of second-place Occidental (6-4). Redlands falls to 9-7 overall and 5-5 in the SCIAC and will face 5-5 CMS in one of two opening round games on Wednesday, with the winner visiting the Sagehens in the semifinals on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Sophomore Hannah Christenson led Pomona-Pitzer with five goals, while freshman Sallie Marx (pictured) had a hat trick as well with three. Juniors Aubrey Douglass and Katie Savino each had a goal and three assists. 

Stephanie Garrett put on a one-person show in the first half for Redlands, scoring six goals, including four in the final 1:35 to suddenly turn a 7-4 Pomona-Pitzer lead into an 8-7 Bulldog advantage at the break after scoring her last one with just 1.3 seconds on the clock. 

Marx scored three minutes into the second half to tie the score, and Garrett then found McKenna Tychsen to give Redlands a 9-8 lead with 26:20 left. That would be the final goal that Redlands would score, as the Sagehens took the lead when junior Ally McLaughlin fed Christenson to tie it, then won the draw control and scored 11 seconds later to make it 10-9 for Pomona-Pitzer just 6:03 into the second stanza. 

Marx then scored off a Savino feed to make it 11-9, and Savino added another one just 49 seconds later on a free position shot to give the Sagehens a 12-9 lead with exactly 15 minutes left. Junior Sarah Markowitz tacked on two more goals to cap off a 6-0 run and make the final score 14-9. 

Pomona-Pitzer controlled the ground ball battle, finishing with 23 compared to 11 for Redlands, led by four from Douglass and three from senior defenders Alexa Sarussi and Annie Schatz. The Sagehens also had 25 shots on goal compared to 13 for the Bulldogs. 

The Sagehens will be the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament and will host a semifinal on Saturday and would have the right to host the SCIAC Finals on May 2 if they advance. Pomona-Pitzer would also clinch the official league title by merely advancing to the finals, due to its three-game cushion entering postseason play.