CLAREMONT, CA. – The 2018 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team is ready to begin a new season as they open up play with Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.
The Sagehens went through a rebuilding year last season after they lost seven seniors the year before in 2016. Pomona-Pitzer ended last season with a 7-10 overall record and 3-7 in SCIAC play. They missed the conference tournament but ended the year on a high note with back-to-back wins over Whittier and Redlands by the scores of 16-8.
What To Watch For
A young squad steps onto the field this season led by their sole senior in Sal Marx. Marx had a career year last season as she notched a career-high 35 points on 19 goals and 16 assists. She also accumulated 51 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers earning Second Team All-SCIAC.
The Sagehens will look for major contributions from their small but experienced junior class in Lauren English, Nicole Larson Mckenzie Scott and Lilly Thomey. English will command the defense this season coming off of her second-straight First Team All-SCIAC season. English started all 17 games last season and led the team with 35 groundballs and 26 turnovers. Larson will spend much of her time next to English in the defense this season. She returns as one of the few Sagehens with experience in the defense last season as she tallied 30 groundballs and 15 caused turnovers. Thomey will lead the charge on offense this season coming off of a 39-point season with a team-high 34 goals and also had five assists. Scott will spend her time in goal this season after she appeared in 15 games last season making 12 starts. She tallied 93 saves and earned four of the Sagehens' wins last season with a save percentage of 48.7.
Seven Sophomore return this season for Pomona-Pitzer. We will see attackers Eileen Mahler and Sonia Olson back this season after impressive freshmen years that saw Mahler end the year with 11 points on eight goals and three assists and Olson tallied 25 goals in her first collegiate season to go along with eight assists for 33 total points.
Sophia Silane and Sophie Hubbell return in the midfield. Silane started all 17 games last season and found the back of the net six times her freshman year with 14 ground balls, 15 draw controls and seven caused turnovers. Hubbell appeared in 15 games last season and led the Sagehens with 45 points off of 18 goals and 27 assists. She accumulated 42 draw controls and 23 groundballs during her first collegiate season. Sammy Little returns in the defense as she appeared and started in all 17 games last season with 13 groundballs and seven caused turnovers. The Sagehens bring back goalkeeper Annie Price for her sophomore year as she split time with Scott last season as she started five games and tallied 70 saves.
Pomona-Pitzer brings in a big group of first-year players with nine new faces this season. Among them are four new midfielders with Sarah Woo, Kate Immergluck and the twin combo of Lily and Thyra Hermann. First year player Isabel Schmidt will flip between the midfield and defense this season while Meg Herrington, Morgan Prinz, Emma Sheridan and Belle Buroker will see time on defense as well this year.
The Sagehens quickly jump into SCIAC play this season as they open up with the Queener Bowl at Whittier on February 21st at 7:00 p.m. and then face off in the Sixth Street Rivalry at home on Saturday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m.