CMS Sports Update
CMS teams had huge weekends, led by the soccer teams, which both knocked off perennial soccer power Redlands, and the cross-country team, which competed and did good work against tough division 1 competition. The Men’s cross country team, ranked 30th in division 3, finished 7th of 30 teams at the UC Riverside invitational last weekend, the best finish of the division 3 teams at the competition. The Stags were able to race against BYU (ranked 12th in division 1), as well as other D1 competition. Kris Brown (JR, CMC) and Brian Sutter (FR, CMC) finished 40th and 47th respectively, leading the Stags. This weekend, the Stags faced off against stiff competition at the Stanford Invitational, featuring harriers from both Stanford and Cal, and finished 12th. Leading the Stags in the 8k were Kramer Straube (JR, HMC) and Brian Sutter.
The Athena harriers, ranked 29th in division 3, finished 14th of 27 teams at the UC Riverside Invitational, also competing against top division 1 competition last weekend. Jenifer Tavé (SO, SCR) finished 44th for the Athenas, with Julia Rigby (SO, SCR) just 5 seconds behind in 49th. This weekend, also facing stiff competition at the Stanford Invitational, the Athena runners finished 16th, led by Tavé and Rigby once more. Both the men and women will head to the West Region preview meet this weekend, which will be a good litmus test for where each team stands versus the best D3 teams in the west.
The Stag Football team came up big in their first home game of the season, beating the Puget Sound Loggers 14-6. QB Scott Yingling (JR, CMC) finished 5 for 14 for 47 yards, but where the Stags did their damage on offense was on the ground. Yingling had 134 rushing yards, including a 24-yard TD run. D.J. Lillard (SR, CMC) had 135 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown in the second quarter. After allowing a second quarter score, the defense clamped down, blocking the Logger PAT attempt, and shutting out UPS from then on. Dan Picciotto (SR, CMC) had a huge defensive game, with 13 tackles, while Landon Patoc (SR, CMC) had the biggest hit of the game, knocking out a Logger wide receiver. The Stags (2-0) had this weekend off, and then will host Occidental this Saturday.
The Stag soccer team (4-3, 3-1 SCIAC) started conference play in strong fashion, going 3-1. In their first conference game, they hosted Cal Lutheran, and two goals from David Taylor (FR, CMC) and Marshall Fisher (JR, CMC), within three minutes of each other in the 26th and 28th minutes got the Stags on the board. After Cal Lu scored in the second half, Harrison Doyle (FR, CMC) answered with his third goal of the season. A Cal Lu goal just before the game ended made the final score 3-2 Stags. Next, the men traveled to La Verne, and were outplayed by the Leopards. La Verne had 14 shots on goal to the Stags 5, and besides an Ian Anderson (JR, CMC) goal, it was all La Verne, which took the game 4-1. Following this performance, the Stags won two 1-0 games in succession at P-P, and then at home vs. Redlands on Saturday to move into a tie with P-P and La Verne for first in the conference. The Stags host Whittier on Wednesday at 4.
The Athena Soccer team has gotten started at an impressive pace. Last Wednesday, goals from Laura Hagen (JR, CMC) and Rachel Bunting (SO, CMC) propelled the team to a 2-0 win at Cal Lutheran. Next up was La Verne, and the Athenas attacked the Leopards with 30 shots and six goals, including two from Bunting. Against Pomona-Pitzer, a 2-1 win, with goals from Giselle Galanto (SR, CMC) and Julie Nishioka (SO, CMC), put the Athenas into a tie with Redlands for first place in the conference, setting up a showdown on Saturday. After being tied 1-1 and heading into overtime, Rachel Bunting’s team-leading fifth goal of the season was the game-winner, giving the team sole possession of first place in the conference. The first place Athenas head to Whittier on Wednesday.
After a 3-5 start, the Athena volleyball team rebounded at home with two dominant 3-0 wins vs. La Sierra and Dickinson, respectively. Their winning ways halted as they dropped their third 2-3 decision of the season to P-P at home, and fell to Redlands 3-1 just three days later. On Saturday at Whittier, the Athenas were firing on all cylinders, picking up their first conference win, led by Jenna Suttmeier (JR, SCR) with 10 kills, and Taylor Jones (FR, CMC) with 38 sets. The Athenas play Chapman at home on Wednesday.
The Men’s Water Polo team sits at an even 6-6 on the season, posting wins in the past two weeks vs. Fresno Pacific, Concordia, and Iona, while dropping two close games to Mt. San Antonio College and Cal Baptist, respectively. The Stags will co-host the Claremont Convergence tournament this weekend, starting Friday with matchups vs. Johns Hopkins and Santa Clara, and then on Saturday vs. Fordham and Fresno Pacific.