Sagehens fly past Panthers in second half

The Chapman women’s lacrosse team ended up on the wrong end of a comeback in its home opener Wednesday night, losing 10-9 to Pomona-Pitzer.

Chapman blew an 8-4 lead in the second half to lose its first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) game.

“Last night’s result is based on the fact that Pomona simply outplayed us,” junior defender Page Kastner said. “They are possibly our biggest competition in the SCIAC, and it was good to have an opponent making the game just what it was: competitive. We have something to work toward when we meet them on the field again.”

A goal from Chapman junior midfielder Brooke Martini put the Panthers in a commanding position, up four with more than 23 minutes left in the contest.

However, things went south for the Panthers in the final 20 minutes. In that time, the Sagehens outscored Chapman 6-1, with Pomona-Pitzer junior attack Aubrey Douglass netting four of her side’s six goals during the dramatic run.

“As the score tightened in the second half we lost some of our composure and got tired on defense,” said senior attacker and captain Kylee Brown. “We are a young team and will learn from experience how to deal with the changing pace of the game. I think the couple of cards we got in the second half changed the momentum in Pomona’s favor, and we were at a disadvantage playing a man down. Lacrosse relies a lot on momentum, and we weren’t able to shut down theirs quickly in the way we wanted to tonight.”

Chapman freshman midfielder Becka Wachtel scored the Panthers’ lone goal in the final 20 minutes. She also led the Panthers with two goals and an assist on the night. Chapman sophomore goalkeeper Tara Sonnemaker recorded six saves during the game, but her efforts alone weren’t enough to quell the surging Sagehens.

“Obviously we are disappointed with the final outcome of the game. We had a great first half that earned us a huge lead, but we have to be able to compete for a whole 60 minutes,” Brown said. “It’s frustrating to give up a lead that large, but I’m pleased that we competed until the last second. We will have another chance at them, and I’m confident the results will be much different.”

Kastner said Pomona was able to capitalize on the Panthers’ small mistakes.

“Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s just important for us to work that much harder to immediately try and turn around (mistakes like) dropped passes, lack of hustle or changes in possession that can lead to Pomona putting a point on the board,” she said.

The Panthers will have the chance to claim their first home win of the season when they host Occidental at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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