May 9, 2012

Oxborough-Yankus, Woodward Sweep Major SCIAC Awards

Claremont, Calif. - Senior Annie Oxborough-Yankus (Wallingford, Conn. - pictured) was named the SCIAC Player of the Year and freshman Alyssa Woodward (Riverside, Calif.) was named the Newcomer of the Year, it was announced today by the league office.

Woodward was also named first-team All-SCIAC, along with senior Perri Hopkins (Agoura, Calif.), while junior goalie Sarah Tuggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) was chosen to the second team.

Pomona-Pitzer is 21-16 heading into this weekend's NCAA Tournament, after earning an automatic bid with a SCIAC Championship game win over Redlands on April 29, which was decided in triple-overtime (12-11). The Sagehens were undefeated against Division III opponents on the year (15-0), including 10-0 in SCIAC play (7-0 regular season, 3-0 tournament, which counts towards the SCIAC record).

Oxborough-Yankus (58) and Woodward (77) were the top two goal-scorers for the Sagehens this year in helping the program bounce back from a down year in 2011 (9-19) and return to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last six seasons.

Oxborough-Yankus was at her best during the SCIAC Tournament, tallying 10 goals over the three-games, including a season-high five in the championship match against Redlands (the most for any Sagehen all season). She also helped Pomona-Pitzer advance to the finals with the tiebreaking goal in an 8-7 win over CMS in the semifinal round, her team-high third of the game.

Woodward began her collegiate career in stellar fashion, leading the Sagehens in scoring in each of their first five games, including a pair of goals against California in her college debut. She has 27 multi-goal games over the course of the year, with a high of four (four times), the last of which came in a 9-6 overtime win over La Verne when she tied the game at the end of regulation and scored twice in the extra sessions.

Hopkins, an All-America selection from a year ago, provided her usual outstanding two-way play as the team's top defensive player, while adding 33 goals. She scored the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime in the regular season finale against Whittier to cap off an undefeated regular season in the SCIAC, and had a season-high three goals in a 15-13 overtime win over then-No. 1 Occidental.

Tuggy is in her third year of starting as the team's goalie and had many clutch saves for the Sagehens this year to help them to five overtime wins in conference matches. She had her biggest save of the year when she stopped a point-blank shot inside of two meters at the buzzer of the 8-7 win over CMS in the conference semifinals. For the year, she tallied 185 saves and had a 9.12 goals against average against a difficult schedule.

Pomona-Pitzer opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday with a 3:30 p.m. match against Stanford, the top-ranked team in the nation.