Sagehens Shake Off Slow Start, Cruise Past Chapman

Claremont, Calif. - Sarah Markowitz (pictured) had six goals and Jana London added four as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team defeated Chapman 16-6 on Saturday morning in a SCIAC match.

With the win, the Sagehens move to 13-3 overall on the season and 6-2 in the SCIAC, staying one game out of first place, where Occidental and Redlands are tied at 7-1. Chapman slips to 4-9 overall and 2-6 in conference play with the loss.

Chapman was the one that got off to the quick start, though, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first 6:30 of the game. The Sagehens were able to regroup with the next three goals, as Markowitz broke the ice with a free position shot 17 seconds later, Alexa Sarussi scored at the 16:16 mark, and London capped off the run with a free position shot at the 15:36 mark.  

The Panthers took the lead back 4-3 on a Kylee Moore goal at the 12:07 mark, but the Sagehens closed out the half on a 5-0 run, capped off by a London transition goal at the buzzer to take an 8-4 lead into the break. Markowitz started the run with two straight goals, Ally McLaughlin added one, and then London had the final two goals of the half.

After an exchange of goals made it 9-5 early in the second half, the Sagehens used another big run to put it away, scoring six straight to go ahead 15-5. Markowitz had two more goals in the run, while Olivia Conrfield and Katie Savino capped off the run with their first goals of the game.

The Sagehens head a 28-17 edge in shots, as goalie Gaby Fukumura needed just five saves to get the win. Kara Podesta had eight saves for Chapman.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday for a big SCIAC match with Occidental at 7 p.m. It will also be Senior Day for the program's four seniors, London, Kaitlin Jones, Rachel Kessler and Logan Galansky