CMS Comes From Behind For 7-6 Win

CMS Comes From Behind For 7-6 Win

Claremont, Calif. - The CMS Women's Lacrosse team scored four straight goals in the second half to come back from a 5-2 deficit and earn a 7-6 home win over Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday.

The loss drops the Sagehens to 9-7 overall and 4-5 in the SCIAC with one regular season game left to play. CMS improves to 8-9 overall and 4-6 in league play.

The two teams could meet again at Pomona-Pitzer next Wednesday, depending on how the seedings play out. CMS is guaranteed to be the fifth seed (which plays the fourth seed in the opening round), while Pomona-Pitzer could finish either third or fourth. In the first meeting between the two teams at Pomona-Pitzer this year, the Sagehens came from behind to take an 11-9 overtime win over the Athenas (Pomona-Pitzer's first-ever win in the series).

This time around, the game nearly went to overtime again. Pomona-Pitzer took the early advantage and brought a 4-1 lead into halftime behind two goals apiece from freshman Aubrey Douglass (Piedmont, Calif.) and junior Jana London (Chevy Chase, Md. - pictured). After CMS scored the first goal of the second half, junior Logan Galansky (Denver, Colo.) answered for the Sagehens with just over 23 minutes to play to make the score 5-2.

However, CMS then scored the next four goals in a row, the last three in the run coming off the stick of senior Madi Shove, to take its first lead of the game at 6-5 with 1:29 remaining. The Sagehens won the ensuing draw control, and London cut right through the defense and tied the game up with 1:08 left.

However, the Athenas won the next draw control and earned a free position shot with 47 seconds left, with Christina Sutherland converting to take the lead back at 7-6. CMS was then able to win another draw control and kill the remaining clock to preserve the win.

Casey Leek (Bucharest, Romania) finished with seven saves in goal for the Sagehens, while
Sara Ginsburg had six for the Athenas.

Pomona-Pitzer concludes the regular season with a road game against Whittier on Saturday. A win in that game, coupled with Occidental losses to Redlands and Chapman (the top two teams in the SCIAC) this week would give the Sagehens the third seed by virtue of its season sweep of Occidental.