First-Half Run Leads Redlands Past Sagehens
Claremont, Calif. - The Redlands Women's Lacrosse team used a 7-0 run to take a 9-2 lead at the half and went on to capture a 14-6 win over Pomona-Pitzer in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday evening.
The loss ends the best season in the young history of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team, which finished the year 16-5, easily breaking the old record of wins in a season (11) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Redlands improves to 14-4 and advances to the NCAA Regionals at No. 1 Cortland, which defeated Mt. Union 20-5.
Sophomore attacker Aubrey Douglass (pictured) scored two goals early in the game to enable the Sagehens to tie the score at 1-1 and 2-2. However, Redlands then exploded for a 7-0 run over the final 13:08 of the first half to take control of the game by intermission. Stephanie Garrett had back-to-back free position goals during the run and Jacky Craycraft scored twice in the final 1:30, the second coming with 4.3 seconds left, to make the score 9-2 at the break.
Sarah Markowitz started the second half with a goal for the Sagehens to make it 9-3, and Pomona-Pitzer had several chances to cut it to 9-4, but Gigja Hollyday had a couple of key saves in close to prevent any changes of momentum.
Alexa Sarussi and Ally McLaughlin scored goals for the Sagehens late in the second half to get their names in the NCAA books, while Markowitz added her second to tie Douglass for team-high honors. Craycraft, Garrett and KK McCaslin had three goals apiece for Redlands.
Pomona-Pitzer will try to build off an historic season that included its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The Sagehens lose four seniors off of this year's team, including leading scorer Jana London (68 goals) and starting midfielder Kaitlin Jones. Midfielder Logan Galansky and defender Rachel Kessler were first-team All-SCIAC selections earlier in their career, but were both lost this season to injury.