October 19, 2011

Men's Soccer Hosts Caltech Today With Eyes On SCIAC Tournament

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team will look to take a big step towards the SCIAC Tournament when it hosts Caltech this afternoon at 4 p.m.

The Sagehens come into the game at 6-4 in the SCIAC, still firmly in control of its own destiny for a postseason bid with four conference games remaining. Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps are in the driver's seat for the top two seeds, but Pomona-Pitzer is currently in third place and can maintain its hold on third with a win over Beavers. 

Pomona-Pitzer travels to Occidental on Saturday and closes out at Whittier on Oct. 29, both of which are also in the hunt for SCIAC berths, but a win over Caltech and a home win over Cal Lutheran next Wednesday would make the Sagehens very tough to catch.

This year's team has been led by its freshmen, as the Sagehens currently start six first-year players. Freshman forward Lawrence McDonald (Oakland, Calif. - pictured) leads the team in scoring with three goals and two assists, while freshman forward Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.) has three goals and one assist. Junior captains Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and Robbie Hull (Salt Lake City, Utah) have handled much of the leadership responsibilities for the young squad as well.  

The Sagehens will also be looking to get back some of their momentum which it lost last week, following a made-up rainout on Monday that forced them to play three games in five days. Pomona-Pitzer won the Monday game with Whittier, but then lost an overtime game at La Verne on Wednesday and fell at home to CMS on Saturday. 

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