The Chapman women’s lacrosse team saw its season come to a close May 15 as it lost its second consecutive game 12-7 to Pomona-Pitzer in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
The Panthers (15-5, 10-2) had lost to 10-9 Pomona-Pitzer previously in the May 7 final of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament
Going into the game, Head Coach Dan Kirkpatrick said that he was proud of his team for its performance this season.
“It was a great to be selected for the NCAA tournament and I’m very excited for, and proud of our student athletes who have pushed our program to new heights,” Kirkpatrick said.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, despite scoring the opening goal, Pomona-Pitzer (16-3, 11-2) then went on a 7-0 scoring run, going into the half with an 8-2 lead.
Senior midfielder Brooke Martini and freshman midfielder Danielle Zahn both contributed two goals each for Chapman. While the Panthers were able to close the gap to within three goals in the second half, that was as close as the game got.
Junior attacker Sarah Markowitz and sophomore attacker Rebecca Long both led the way for the Sagehens, scoring three goals each. Also contributing the offensive attack against Chapman was junior attacker Aubrey Douglass, who created two assists, and freshman midfielder Sallie Marx, who both contributed two goals.
Chapman was also significantly outmatched in the ground ball game, only taking 13 ground balls compared to Pomona-Pitzer’s 23.
The Panthers will only graduate three seniors – defender Alessandra Porfido, midfielder Kelsey Mackin and Martini – though junior attacker Gretchen Rodenberger, who is in a 3+2 year athletic training program, will move on to graduate school next year.