CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse Team survived a tight contest against visiting Wooster College, edging out the Fighting Scots 9-8. The Sagehens led for majority of the match, but victory was never certain as Wooster managed to keep the game within reach. Sophia Silane and Lilly Thomey each had a hat trick, combining for five free position goals. Over on the defensive end, Lauren English managed to grab three ground balls and caused three turnovers while Annie Price made 11 big saves at goal, including one which secured the victory.
Season Impact: The victory improves the Sagehens' record to 6-2 overall this season while Wooster falls to 1-1.
The Fighting Scots struck first as Emma Lawrence converted early in the match after weaving through the Sagehens' defense. The Sagehens regrouped and managed to slow down the pace of the game, providing some physicality on the defensive end and patiently creating opportunities on offense. With 21:26 remaining in the half, Lilly Thomey took advantage of a free position attempt and converted to tie the game. More than a minute later, Thomey scored again on the free position to take a 2-1 lead. Later in the game, Lily Hermann converted on a free position with 15:34 left to add insurance for the Hens. The Fighting Scots later came back, scoring two straight to make it 3-3, but Sonia Olson killed the rally with a free position goal to take back the lead. Silane scored on a power play with 2:26 left in the half as the Sagehens led 5-3 at halftime.
Silane proved to be the excellent marksman, scoring on a free position just five and a half minutes into the first half. Thomey later added to the lead after running from the left side of the net to make it 7-3 for the Sagehens. Later, as they trailed 8-4, the Fighting Scots rallied back with three straight goals to cut the deficit to one but Kate Immergluck made a full sprint from the midfield to the net and scored to give the Sagehens some much-needed insurance. Wooster tried to rally back after Emma Lawrence brought the Scots within one following a shifty move to the goal with 7:20 left on the clock. In the final 20 seconds of the match, Sydney Schuster of Wooster made a sprint from midfield to the goal and fired at close range, but Annie Price made the game-saving stop with her foot as the clock expired.
Up Next: Pomona-Pitzer will take a week-long break before hosting Allegheny on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m.