Runners beat Sagehens and Football prepares for Peace Pipe

In the interest of my audience, I'll start with some Spring Sport nuggets:

  • CMS has the two top ranked male golfers in Division III in Tain Lee CM '12 and John Morris CM '10, according to Golfstat.com, and coach Bim Jollymour recently stated this was the most talented team he has had in his nine year coaching career.
  • Robbie Erani CM '12, the top ranked tennis player in the West region, took third place honors over fall break at the Division 3 Nationals in Mobile, Alabama.  Watch for the tear-jerking personal interview on the Forum soon.

On to the full report...

The Men's Cross Country team sits as the favorites in SCIAC competition as they smoked the competition at Pomona two weeks ago in the SCIAC dual meet. Arguably the strongest team since 2002, when the Stags won their last league title (their 7th in a row), the Stags had four of the top five finishers in Kramer Straube HM ‘11, Georgi Dinolov HM ‘11, Kris Brown CM ‘11, and Matt Cummins HM ‘11. The team heads to Chino this weekend to take on their SCIAC rivals again, for a chance at the SCIAC title, which they narrowly missed last year.

The Women's Cross country team finished second to Occidental by a single point at the SCIAC dual meet at Pomona a week ago. Jennifer Tave SC ‘12 crushed the second place Pomona runner by a 28 second margin, and Julia Rigby SC ‘12 finished third. The Athena harriers will have a shot at the SCIAC title this weekend as well in Chino as they try and get their revenge on the Tigers.

Landon Patoc returns an interception 40 yds for a touchdown in the Stags game against Redlands last Saturday Photo Credit: Gary Stephenson

After a 21-14 loss at Cal Lutheran and a home loss to Redlands 53-27, having opportunities to put the game away in both, the football team sits at 3-3 on the season and 1-3 in SCIAC play. QB Scott Yingling CM ‘11 has led the offense with a 106.31 efficiency rating on the season, passing to his favorite three targets in Nick Marineau CM ‘10, Mikey Hirokawa CM ‘10 and Jacob Tobis CM ‘10, as well as FB D.J. Lillard CM ‘10, who has averaged 100 all purpose yards a game. Dan Picciotto CM ‘10 has led the team with 46 tackles on defense, including 9.5 for a loss, while Brock Olson CM ‘10 has added 37 tackles of his own, and two interceptions. A big improvement from last season has been the kicking game, as K Chet Corcos HM ‘12 has been 13-14 on kicks on the season. The team will hit the road for back to back games, facing Chapman and then Whittier before coming home to face Pomona-Pitzer in the Peace Pipe game.

The Men's Soccer team finds itself in a dead heat with Cal Lutheran for the coveted fourth and final spot into the SCIAC championships. Harrison Doyle CM ‘12 has led the team with 7 goals, and teammate Ian Anderson CM ‘10 leads the team with five assists. After three losses in a row, the men finish with two games at home vs. Occidental and Caltech, respectively. They have to hope for some help from Cal Lutheran's opponents as the Kingsmen currently hold the tiebreaker. The Stags are 7-7-2 overall and tied in fourth at 6-5-1 in SCIAC play. The men will battle Occidental at 4:00pm on Wednesday.

The Women's Soccer team is the most dominating Athena team at the moment, sitting at 10-2-2 with an 8-0-2 SCIAC record, 2 points ahead of conference rival Redlands. Laura Hagen CM '11 leads the team with 7 goals and 5 assists, while Julia Nishioka CM ‘12, Rachel Bunting CM ‘12, and Brittany Pineros CM ‘11 have five goals a piece. Camila Friedman-Gerlicz CM ‘12 has been dominant in goal, allowing .88 a game. After two wins over Redlands, and two conference games remaining, the Athenas have put themselves in prime position to be the number one seed of the SCIAC tournament if they can beat manage a win or a tie vs. third place Occidental and then a win vs. La Verne. The women face UC Santa Cruz for their last regular season home game under the lights this Friday night.

The Volleyball team is 14-12 overall and tied for the fourth and final spot in the SCIAC championships with Pomona-Pitzer at 6-6 in league play. Allie Macy CM ‘11 and Emily Hudson CM ’12 have been dominant up front with 211 and 163 kills respectively while Taylor Jones CM ‘13 has averaged 9.68 assists per game. The story of their season so far has been that in five games matches the Athenas are 1-5. The team has two games remaining, Friday at home vs. La Verne, and then at Occidental next Tuesday for a shot at the SCIAC championship.

The Men's Water Polo team, ranked fourth in Division 3, lost a hard fought match to Pomona-Pitzer, 9-5. They responded to beat Cal Tech at home, and they sit at 2-1 in SCIAC and 10-11 overall. The aquatic Stags will face off with four straight matches vs. conference rivals ending with No. 1 ranked Redlands. The men will return home to face Air Force at home next Monday November 8.