Sagehens Win SCIAC Tournament 8-3 Over Occidental

Sagehens Win SCIAC Tournament 8-3 Over Occidental

Claremont, Calif. – The top-seeded Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team closed out the first half on a 5-0 run to take a 6-1 lead into the break and cruised through the second half to capture an 8-3 win over second-seeded Occidental on Saturday afternoon in the SCIAC Championship Tournament Finals.

With the win, the Sagehens are now 14-3 overall on the season and 11-1 in the SCIAC, with all three losses coming by one goal (to CMS, Wesleyan and Skidmore). The SCIAC does not have an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but Pomona-Pitzer, which had already clinched the league title prior to today's championship game, is in excellent shape to receive a bid regardless. Occidental is now 11-6 overall and 7-5 in the SCIAC and has a chance at receiving a bid as well.

Sophomore Hannah Christenson led the way offensively with four goals for Pomona-Pitzer, while junior Sarah Markowitz had a goal and a career-high four assists (three of which went to Christenson). Beebe Finch Sanders had two of the three goals for Occidental.

After Sierra Slack tied the score for the Tigers at 1-1 at the 10:45 mark of the first half, the Sagehens erupted for the final five goals of the opening stanza. Markowitz gave Pomona-Pitzer the lead for good on a free position shot at the 15:07 mark, and Christenson and sophomore Rebecca Long scored 22 seconds apart to push the lead to 4-1 at the 18:47 mark.

Christenson finished off her hat trick with 7:59 left in the first half, and junior Grace Geller added a free position shot with 4:25 remaining to stretch the lead to 6-1 at intermission.

Sanders scored 46 seconds into the second half to close the lead to 6-2, but Markowitz answered with a feed to freshman Sallie Marx with 21:43 to play. Christenson added her fourth off a feed from junior Aubrey Douglass with just under 20 minutes left, and the Sagehens were content to run out the clock from there.

Junior Ally McLaughlin had her usual strong all-around game with five draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers for Pomona-Pitzer, while sophomore Gaby Fukumura had seven saves and allowed only three goals. Adrienne Ruth had six saves for Occidental.