LAX: Pomona-Pitzer Wins Second-Straight SCIAC Championship With 10-9 Win Over Chapman

LAX: Pomona-Pitzer Wins Second-Straight SCIAC Championship With 10-9 Win Over Chapman

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's lacrosse team won their second-straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship with a 10-9 win over Chapman on Saturday night at the South Athletics Complex.

The Sagehens were led by senior Sarah Markowitz and junior Rebecca Long who each tallied a hat-trick with three goals each.

Chapman started out with a promising lead as they opened up the game with three goals in a row to take a 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game.

The Sagehens answered with four-straight goals and scored their first goal of the night as senior Aubrey Douglass found the back of the net off of a pass from senior Katie Savino. Senior Sarah Markowitz then scored her first goal of the night on a free position shot and Savino scored a goal off of an assist from senior Ally McLaughlin to tie the game up at 3-3.

Junior Rebecca Long then followed that up with an unassisted goal to take the first lead of the night for Pomona-Pitzer at 4-3 with 9:27 left in the first half.

The Panthers ended the half with three unanswered goals by Danielle Zahn, Tessa Oliaro and Brooke Martini as Chapman led 6-4 going into the break.

The Sagehens wasted no time coming out for the second half as they quickly tied the game up at 6-6 after goals from Markowitz and Long.

Chapman then scored two goals in a row to take an 8-6 lead before the Sagehens scored three-straight goals from Savino, Markowitz and freshman Lilly Thomey to take a 9-8 lead with 14:15 left in the second half.

The Panthers came back and tied the game one last time as Stacey Zuppa found the back of the net with 9:43 remaining but Long responded just over a minute later to score the go-ahead goal for Pomona-Pitzer to take a 10-9 lead.

Chapman had a good look at the end of the game to tie it up on a free position shot by Becka Wachtel but sophomore goal keeper Mckenzie Scott came up with a huge save for the Sagehens and Pomona-Pitzer was able to run out the rest of the clock to seal their second-straight SCIAC Championship.

 

"We're excited to have captured back-to-back SCIAC championships", said Head Coach Sarah Queener. "I am so proud of our team and the way we were able to put together a full 60 minutes of fast paced, poised lacrosse. Chapman is an incredibly athletic and well coached team, they came out hard and shot very well. Fortunately we were able to put together a few runs of our own and hold onto the lead at the end of the game."

 

The Sagehens will wait to see if they advance to the Regional Round of the NCAA Tournament with the selection show coming up after the weekend.