CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's lacrosse team advanced to the Quarter Finals of the NCAA Tournament after their 12-7 win over Chapman in round two on Sunday afternoon at the South Athletics Complex.
Chapman was led by Brooke Martini and Danielle Zahn who each had two goals in the loss for the Panthers.
Pomona-Pitzer had the advantage in the first half as they put on a defensive show that only allowed two goals in the half. Sophomore goalie Mckenzie Scott had a phenomenal first half as she collected six saves and only allowed two goals.
Chapman started out with the lead early on as Gretchen Rodenberger got the Panthers on the score board within the first 30 seconds of the game. The Panthers' offense didn't score another goal until the final 30 seconds of the first half.
Pomona-Pitzer started its scoring streak as Long found the back of the net off of an assist from senior Aubrey Douglass to tie the game at 1-1.
Markowitz and Long then each scored an unassisted goal to give the Sagehens a 3-1 lead and senior Ally McLaughlin followed that up with power play goal to extend the lead to 4-1.
Markowitz and Long scored another pair of unassisted goals and Douglass capped off the seven-goal run with her first goal of the night off of a pass from Markowitz to push the lead to 7-1.
The Panthers ended up scoring their final goal of the half on a turnover by Scott that Martini was able to push into the net to cut the lead down to 7-2, but Douglass came off of the draw and marched down the field and scored her second goal of the half with four seconds remaining to give Pomona-Pitzer an 8-2 lead going into halftime.
Chapman made some adjustments during halftime and gave the Sagehens a scare in the second half. The Panthers' offense came out firing and scored four-straight goals to open up the half by Kelsey Mackin, Zahn, Stacey Zuppa and Martini to make it just a two-point game at 8-6.
The Sagehens found a little breathing room as they connected on two goals in a row after Markowitz scored off of an assist by sophomore Sallie Marx and freshman Lilly Thomey scored her first goal of the night on a free position shot to give the Sagehens a 10-6 lead with 10:34 to go.
Chapman scored one more goal in the game by Zahn to cut the lead down to 10-7 but the Sagehens were too much for the Panthers today as Marx added two-straight goals to close the game out and send Pomona-Pitzer to the next round of the NCAA Tournament.
"We came out strong and ready to play, executed our game plan and were able to take the momentum early," said Head Coach Sarah Queener. "Chapman is a very tough opponent for us, so it was awesome to be able to go into halftime with a solid lead. They came out firing and we had trouble capitalizing on our caused turnovers early in the second half. Fortunately we finished the game playing smart, composed lacrosse and were able to earn the win. I'm so proud of this team and what they've accomplished this season. We're excited to be one of the final 16 teams left playing in Division 3 lacrosse."
The Sagehens will next go on to play SUNY Cortland on May 22nd in Cortland, NY. The time is still to be determined.