Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team opens its 2013 season on Saturday with a home game against Chapman, which will be played at the South Athletic Complex (above the parking garage) at 1 p.m.
Pomona-Pitzer finished 7-10 last year and graduated only one player, but it was a big loss as SCIAC Player of the Year Martha Marich ended her career with a school-record 331 goals (including leading the nation as a sophomore with 113).
However, a year ago, Pomona-Pitzer had trouble with depth and sometimes entered games with no available substitutes, but the 2013 squad boasts a much-deeper roster, beginning the spring with 22 players, including a talented nucleus of four returning All-SCIAC honorees.
Junior midfielder Logan Galansky (Denver, Colo. - pictured) was a first-team All-SCIAC selection last year. Junior attacker Jana London (Chevy Chase, Md.), junior defender Rachel Kessler (Portland, Ore.) and senior goalkeeper Casey Leek (Bucharest, Romania) were each named to the All-SCIAC second team as well.
London is the top returning offensive threat for the Sagehens, as she is tops among all returnees in goals (53), assists (22) and points (75). Galansky is second in all three categories with 35 goals, 12 assists and 47 points, while sophomore attacker Julie Necarsulmer (Kennett Square, Pa.) is third with 26 goals. Galansky leads all returning players in ground balls with 43, while Rachel Kessler is second with 33. Casey Leek, meanwhile, totaled 149 saves in goal.
Sophomore defender Zoe Brown (Seattle, Wash.) also started every game last year on defense, while sophomore Brenna Gormally (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) is also back on the team's defensive unit. Other returners to the offensive end include junior Kaitlin Jones (Minneapolis, Minn.), sophomore Clara Engle (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) and sophomore Kacey Jones (Waccabuc, N.Y.). Sophomores Alexa Sarussi (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Annie Schatz (Nashville, Tenn.) missed most of last year with injuries.
Eight incoming freshmen join the team this season, while senior attacker Emma Molloy (Basking Ridge, N.J.) returns to the team after missing last year. Sophomore defender Haley Barrows (Cambridge, Mass.) is also in her first season on the team after playing for two years on the Women's Soccer team.
The incoming freshmen include midfielder Katie Savino (Portland, Ore.), whose twin sister is a freshman on the CMS Women's Lacrosse team, midfielder Ying Fry (San Francisco, Calif.), who also played Women's Soccer in the fall, defender/midfielder Ally McLaughlin (Wynnewood, Pa.), who ran Cross Country in the fall, midfielder Emlyn Foxen (Portland, Ore.), attacker Sarah Markowitz (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), defender Makayla DeJong (Seattle, Wash.), midfielder Grace Geller (Berkeley, Calif.), and attacker Aubrey Douglass (Piedmont, Calif.).
The two teams did not face each other last year, as Chapman is entering its first season as a full NCAA-playing women's lacrosse member after joining the SCIAC in all sports this year.
After facing Chapman, the Sagehens continue their busy stretch of SCIAC games to start the season when they travel to Redlands on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest. Pomona-Pitzer will then play its next seven games at home, beginning with Occidental next Saturday (2 p.m.).
Live stats and video for the Chapman game will be provided on www.sagehens.com.