Pomona knocks women’s lacrosse out of tournament

Sophomore defender Alessandra Porfido rushes up the field during the Claremont-M-S lacrosse game Wednesday during Chapman’s 10-6 victory over Claremont-Mudd Scripps. Photo by Jon Holmquist

Sophomore defender Alessandra Porfido rushes up the field during the Claremont-M-S lacrosse game Wednesday during Chapman’s 10-6 victory over Claremont-Mudd Scripps. Photo by Jon Holmquist

The Chapman women’s lacrosse team was knocked out of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) tournament in a 10-6 semifinal loss at Pomona-Pitzer Saturday.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer will advance to the SCIAC championship game, while Chapman’s season is over.

In the semifinal, Pomona freshman midfielder Hannah Christenson scored the first goal of the night in the first two minutes of the game. The Sagehens continued with back-to-back goals in the first half, building a 6-0 halftime lead.

Chapman scored its first goal of the night in the second half, when sophomore midfielder Brooke Martini found the net. Martini led the Panthers offense with two goals and an assist for the night.

Chapman then scored four consecutive goals, taking the score to 7-5.

“We played a great second half and were really able to chip into the deficit, but the first half allowed the game to get away from us,” Moore said. “We should have come out with more intensity from the first whistle.”

Senior defender Catherine LaPlant scored a goal for Chapman with less than eight minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough. Pomona outshot Chapman 23-13 in the game.

Senior goalie Kara Podesta finished with five saves for Chapman, while the Sagehens also had five.

The loss came after an opening round 13-9 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Wednesday.

“We came out strong (against Claremont), since it could have potentially been our last game,” said sophomore midfielder Kylee Moore. “We need to do the little things right and mentally prepare ourselves. Our team also needs to work on intensity over composure.”

Senior attack Allie Kontny said that coming together as a team at each game is important.

“We have to put our all out and not only play for each other, but for ourselves,” Kontny said.

Martini struck first, scoring less than two minutes into the game and helping Chapman jump out to a 3-1 lead.

Claremont battled back, scoring three consecutive goals in the first half, two by freshman midfielder Zoe Pinczower, and the other by junior attack Hilary Slauson, and trailed 6-5 heading into halftime.

“Things we did in the last game, such as being consistent, control, and keeping calm, were things we tried to implement in this game, but things were uglier,” said junior attack Michelle Mendoza.

Still, the Panthers were able to defeat the Athenas for the second time in five days, scoring five straight goals in the second half.

Kontny scored two goals less than three minutes apart in the second half, keeping Chapman in the lead, 8-6.

“We hit some bumps throughout the game, and at the end we got a little lazy,” Kontny said. “This wasn’t the prettiest win we’ve had, and we learn from our mistakes each time.”

Martini scored her third goal of the night with about 12 minutes remaining, extending Chapman’s lead to 12-6.

“The opposing team came out with more intensity and fought really hard,” Mendoza said. “I think we expected that we were going to win and underestimated the other team.”

Claremont outshot Chapman 22-12 in the game. Podesta finished the night with nine saves.

Podesta, LaPlant, Kontny and senior defender Kelly Clarke are the team’s graduating seniors, and were honored on April 19’s Senior Night.

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