Sagehens Rest Up For SCIAC's, Fall To Whittier 4-0

Sagehens Rest Up For SCIAC's, Fall To Whittier 4-0

Whittier, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team rested almost all of its starting unit in its regular season finale to prepare for the conference tournament and dropped a 4-0 decision to Whittier on Saturday.

The loss drops the Sagehens to 10-8 on the season and 9-5 in the SCIAC, tying it for third place with Whittier, which earns the tiebreaker based on goal differential in league play. As a result, Pomona-Pitzer will open the conference tournament at top-seeded and SCIAC unbeaten Redlands on Wednesday. Whittier will travel to CMS, which earned the second seed with a win over Caltech on Saturday.

The Sagehens could have clinched the second seed and home field in the semifinals on Wednesday, but have had several starters in and out of the line-up and instead chose to play mostly its reserves. Senior Owen Hawkins (Hollis, N.H.), freshman Avery Raimondo (Quogue, N.Y.) and freshman Adam Lewis (Portland, Ore.) were the three part-time starters who did see action (although Raimondo and Lewis saw spot duty off the bench).

The second unit hung tough for a while and took the Poets into halftime tied at 0-0, as senior goalkeeper Nathaniel Anderson (Bethesda, Md. - pictured) had three saves in the opening stanza. However, four different Poets scored in the second half over a span of 12 minutes to break the game open, as Sam Russell started the onslaught at the 55:52 mark, and Adolfo Santos (who also had an assist), capped it off with the fourth goal at the 68:10 mark.

Whittier finished with a 20-4 edge in shots on the day, as Anderson had six saves for the Sagehens in his final collegiate regular season game.

The 10 players, all regular starters, held out of the contest entirely included forwards Lawrence McDonald (Oakland, Calif.) and Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.), midfielders Danny Nasry (Portland, Ore.), Arash Mahboubi (La Canada, Calif.), Michael Ceragioli (Incline Village, Nev.) and Robbie Hull (Salt Lake City, Utah), defenders Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.), Geordie Marriner (Bellingham, Wash.) and Mark Raftrey (Palo Alto, Calif.), and goalkeeper Rollie Thayer (Shorewood, Minn.).

It was the second time this season that the Sagehens have rested its starting unit in a 4-0 loss, as it also used the same strategy in a non-conference game against Hendrix on Sept. 25, just 24 hours after a SCIAC win over Caltech.

Pomona-Pitzer will face Redlands in the first round, which defeated the Sagehens 6-0 in the conference opener back on Sept. 14, although Pomona-Pitzer fared much better against the Bulldogs the second time around, falling just 2-0 at home on Oct. 8 in a more evenly-played match-up.