March 19, 2014

Sagehens Build Big Lead, Hold On To Beat Sewanee 12-9

Claremont, Calif. - Sarah Markowitz had three goals and four other players had two as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team defeated Sewanee 12-9 on Wednesday morning at the South Athletic Complex.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 7-2 on the year, while Sewanee sees its record slip to 5-5 with the loss.

The Sagehens, who were coming off a 17-day layoff since their last game on March 2, didn't show any rust as they jumped out to a 5-1 halftime lead and an 8-1 advantage early in the second half after two straight Markowitz goals. Pomona-Pitzer still held a 9-2 advantage with just under 20 minutes to play after a goal from Aubrey Douglass with 19:32 on the clock.

The Tigers, though, battled all the way back to 11-8 with 8:05 left after two straight goals from Sally Anne Greenwood. Wittney Reed started the rally with two straight goals to make the score 9-4, and after Douglass and Jana London scored for the Sagehens, Reed started a 4-0 run for the Tigers.

After Sewanee pulled within 11-8, Pomona-Pitzer's Ally McLaughlin (pictured) won the ensuing draw control and the Sagehens killed four minutes off the clock, then did not let Sewanee clear the ball before McLaughlin broke in with 1:34 left for her second goal to seal it. The Tigers did add one final goal in the last minute to make the final score 12-9.

Crawford Horan had 14 saves for Sewanee, including several from in close late in the game to give the Tigers a chance at the late comeback. Gaby Fukumura had 11 for the Sagehens. London, Douglass, McLaughlin and Rebecca Long each had two goals for Pomona-Pitzer, while Katie Savino added one. Reed led all scorers for Sewanee with four goals.

The Sagehens will be back in action on Friday when they take on Allegheny for a 10 a.m. contest.