Claremont, Calif – The Pomona-Pitzer women's lacrosse team fell 17-12 to CMS as the visiting Athenas overpowered their hosts with a 9-4 second half.
The contest, the final home game of the season for the Sagehens and Senior Day for Martha Marich (Mclean, VA.) was level after the first thirty minutes, the Athenas taking advantage of their superior depth to defeat their rivals on a hot day at Pomona-Pitzer's new turf field.
Marich commenced the afternoon's scoring less than 90 seconds into the game before Maddie Shove equalized about a half-minute later. Sophomore Jana London (Chevy Chase, MD.) and Marich scored a pair of free position shots to give the Sagehens their largest and last lead of the game. CMS followed with five consecutive goals to snatch away Pomona-Pitzer's advantage. Sophomore Logan Galansky (Denver, CO) and Marich helped the Sagehens claw back, Pomona-Pitzer at that point down by one with about ten minutes to play in the first half. Claire Peterson restored the Athenas' two-goal lead until Marich and London
leveled the game for the Sagehens. Shove and London subsequently traded goals, the first half ending with the proceedings equal.
CMS, however, pulled away early in the second half, scoring three goals unanswered until Galansky buried a shot with eighteen minutes left in the game. Galansky's goal was the closest the Sagehens pulled back, the two sides remaining close until a three-goal run for the Athenas opened up a five-goal lead with six minutes remaining. Marich scored her final home goal with five minutes left, giving her five goals and two assists on the day, before Erin Chavanne extended the lead 17-12 with the last goal of the encounter.
Sophomore Casey Leek (Bucharest, Romania) registered fourteen saves for the Sagehens, keeping the contest close before the Athenas broke away in the second half.
The Sagehens are now 6-7 on the year and 1-5 in conference play. Pomona-Pitzer returns next Saturday to face off against the Whittier Poets with a SCIAC postseason berth likely on the line.