CLAREMONT, CA: Riding the momentum from Wednesday's 3-1 win over CMS, Pomona-Pitzer looks to secure their 4th winning season of out the past five on the road at Chapman on Saturday night.
Fresh off of winning the Golden Boot outright for the first time since 2008, Pomona-Pitzer will look to continue building momentum for the 2016 season by registering their fifth SCIAC road win of the year on Saturday. Standing in their way are the Chapman Panthers who, while already securing a SCIAC Tournament berth, still have a lot riding on the line of the match over seeding for next week. Let's take a look at the tale of the tape for tomorrow's action:
The Match-Up: Entering Saturday's match, Chapman sports an overall record of 11-5-3 (10-4-1 SCIAC) while currently riding a five match winning streak. Currently in a tie for 2nd place in the SCIAC, The Panthers will be looking to exact revenge for the two squads' September 21st match-up where a late PK goal by JK Gopakumar gave Chapman their only overtime loss of the season. Chapman has played excellent at the confines of Ernie Chapman Stadium this season, sporting a 5-1-1 home record in SCIAC action including a current four-match winning streak. While the Sagehens have been strong on the road themselves this season at 4-2-1 overall, they have not won at Chapman since 2012 and will have to cool off one of the hottest teams in the SCIAC for their fifth road win of the year.
Pomona-Pitzer Key Players: Aidan Ferrer has come on strong as of late for the Sagehens, registering six points in the last four matches as well as 15 points throughout the team's nine matches so far in October. Pomona-Pitzer's leading scorer Peter Rentzepis has been hot recently as well, tallying three goals in the past three matches. Mark Raftrey, Bjorn Sigurdsson, and Paul Picciano will be important on the defensive end for the Sagehens as they look to slow down two of the SCIAC's most prolific scorers.
Chapman Key Players: Chapman offensive attack features two prolific weapons in Marco Saglimbeni and Boston Kimmel, both of which rank in the Top 5 of the SCIAC in total points. Saglimbeni, the leading scorer for the Panthers, has netted nine goals throughout the 2015 campaign but has only scored three over the past eight matches. Kimmel, ranked 2nd in the league in assists, has compiled five of his seven assists in October as well as four goals highlighted by his 2 goal 2 assist performance in a 7-0 win over Cal Lutheran on October 12. The Panthers defense is anchored by goalies Sean Augustine and Nick Berardi, both of which have goals against averages under 1 in over 500 minutes in net to lead a Chapman squad that ranks second in the SCIAC in GAA.
Statistical Update: Aidan Ferrer remains in sole possession of 1st place in the SCIAC for assists (7) and is in position to become the second freshman in three years to lead the league in that category…Pomona-Pitzer currently has a three-way tie for the team leader in points at 16 between Voja Maric, Peter Rentzepis, and Aidan Ferrer…Ferrer's 16 points are the most by any Sagehen during their freshman year in over five years…While Voja Maric has led the team in goals over the past two seasons, Peter Rentzepis currently holds the team lead at seven while Freshman Max DeWit is in 2nd at 6…Pomona-Pitzer went 2-0-1 against Chapman in 2014 including a 2-1 win over the Panthers in the SCIAC Tournament Semifinal en route to their SCIAC Title.