Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore forwards Lawrence McDonald (Oakland, Calif.) and Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.) scored on Pomona-Pitzer's first two shots of the game to send the SCIAC-leading Sagehens on their way to a 5-2 win over Cal Lutheran on Monday afternoon.
The win was the fifth in a row for Pomona-Pitzer, which improves to 8-4-1 overall and 7-2-1 in the SCIAC with the win, remaining in first place in the conference standings. Cal Lutheran slips to 6-7 overall and 4-5 in league play with the loss.
McDonald finished with one goal and two assists for the Sagehens, while junior midfielder Harris Levin (Sacramento, Calif. - pictured) added a goal and an assist.
After the Sagehens jumped out to a 2-0 lead quickly, Cal Lutheran was able to cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 27:18 mark on a goal from Luke Kurzon. Just 18 seconds later, though, Pomona-Pitzer answered when sophomore midfielder Arash Mahboubi (La Canada, Calif.) was taken down in the box and took the ensuing penalty kick, slotting it home to stretch the lead back to 3-1.
Senior goalie Rollie Thayer (Minnetonka, Minn.) was tested early in the second half, making back-to-back saves in rapid succession to keep the score 3-1. He then set up a goal with a long punt, which was flicked on by a header from McDonald. Levin barely won the race to the ball with a Cal Lutheran defender and flicked a chip shot over goalkeeper Jack Duncan and into the net with 21:45 left to make the score 4-1.
Levin then set up the next goal as he took a pass from Michael Ceragioli (Incline Village, Nev.) on the right edge of the box and set a cross through to sophomore forward Avery Raimondo (Quogue, N.Y.), who one-timed a shot that Duncan sprawled to attempt to save, but it deflected off him and over the line to make it 5-1. Raul Yepez closed the Kingsmen within 5-2 on an unassisted goal off a failed Pomona-Pitzer clearance with 8:45 left, but that was as close as they could come.
McDonald started the scoring at the 2:52 mark when he one-timed a cross from junior midfielder Drew Lind (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) past Duncan from 15 yards out. McDonald then assisted the next goal from the opposite side of the field, playing a cross that found Shekita in the middle of the box for a one-timer at the 9:29 mark.
Both goalies were busy in a game that featured a lot of shooting, as Thayer finished with six saves for the Sagehens, and Duncan had nine for Cal Lutheran, several of which came from point-blank range.
Pomona-Pitzer will conclude its stretch of three games in five days when it travels to Chapman on Wednesday.