WHITTIER, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Lacrosse team opened up their season with an impressive 21-7 win over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier on Wednesday night at Memorial Stadium.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens start their season 1-0 overall and 1-0 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by Lilly Thomey who tied a career-high with five goals in the win. Two other Sagehens notched hat tricks in their first game as Sonia Olson tallied four goals and Eileen Mahler put in three in the win.
Pomona-Pitzer dominated in their first game of 2018 with the offense having their way against the Poets. The Sagehens out shot Whittier 43-26 for the game and had more than 20 shots in each half.
The Sagehens opened up the scoring just two minutes into the game as Sophie Hubbell scored the first goal of 2018 off of an assist from Sarah Woo to take a 1-0 lead. The Poets responded with a goal and went back and forth with Pomona-Pitzer to start the game until the Sagehens scored five of the next six goals to take a 7-3 lead after a goal by Sal Marx with 10:17 to go in the first half.
Whittier came back with two of the next three goals to try to cut into the Sagehens' first half lead, but Pomona-Pitzer ended the half with four-straight goals from Hubbell, Olson and two from Thomey to extend the lead to 12-5 at halftime. The Sagehens' offense showed its versatility against the Poets as seven different players found the back of the net in the first half alone.
After being down big at the break, the Poets came out and tried to make a game of it as they score just 50 seconds into the second half and then responded after another goal by Thomey to cut the lead down to 13-7 with 25:17 left to go.
Unfortunately for the Poets, that was as close as it would get in the second half as Pomona-Pitzer's offense went off to end the game with eight-straight goals to close out the game in dominate fashion to secure the first win of 2018.
Up Next: The Sagehens will return for their home opener as they take on SCIAC rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for the first game of the Sixth Street Rivalry on Saturday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m.