Weekend in Review: October 16th
Weekend in Review
The Athenas faced off against Occidental for the second time this season on Wednesday night. Coming off three straight losses and a shutout against California Lutheran, CMS was looking to keep their hopes of a playoff birth alive against a team they shutout 2-0 back on September 17th. Although the Tigers were able to apply pressure early and put in an equalizer to tie the game at one, senior forward Michelle Barnhill regained the lead for CMC with a go ahead goal five minutes later. Michelle’s younger sister Ashley put in a goal of her own and CMS went on to win 5-1. On Saturday, the Athenas took on rival Pomona-Pitzer looking to move into second place in the conference. The Sagehens scored in the first half off a follow up shot and went into halftime up 1-0. The Athena’s leading scorer Madi Shove responded five minutes into the second half off an assist from senior forward Lizzie Buskirk and put in the equalizer. Both teams had their chances during the remainder of the match, but neither side was able to capitalize and the match finished in a 1-1 tie. The two teams are now 5-3-1 in conference play and tied for second in the SCIAC behind Cal Lutheran.
CMS won back-to-back games this week defeating Occidental on Wednesday night 5-1 and rival Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday 5-1. Junior forward Harrison Doyle scored twice against Oxy in a five-minute span recording his fifth and sixth goals of the season. Senior midfielder Sam Ullman and freshman forward Jake Bishop had their own pairs of goals in the 5-1 win at Pomona. CMS increased their playoff chances with the two wins this week and are now 6-2-1 in conference play and in second place in the SCIAC behind undefeated Redlands.
Redlands and Cal Lutheran were the pre-season favorites to win the SCIAC and both teams are currently ranked in the top 25. CMS took on #14 Redlands on Saturday and proved that they shouldn’t have been looked over as conference contenders. The Stags recovered their opening onside kickoff and scored on their opening drive, pulling all of the tricks out of the hat including a half back pass. Senior running back Alex Wheatley capped off the opening drive with a four yard touchdown run. CMS dominated the majority of the first half until Redlands picked off a pass in the final two minutes. The turnover turned into a Redlands score, but the half ended with CMS still on top 21-10. With a comfortable lead the Stags offense played much more conservatively in the second half, but never found the red zone. Their only score of the second half was a 49 yard field goal put in by junior Chet Corcos. Redlands busted off a huge 89 yard run in the opening minutes of the third quarter and went on to tie the game 24-24 with a 31 yard touchdown later in the quarter. Both teams battled it out in the fourth quarter and the game looked as it if would go into overtime, but with one second left on the clock Redlands was able to get off a 42 yard Hail Mary that somehow found wide receiver Taylor Irwin. Due to the heartbreaking loss, CMS now must win their last four games including an away game against #12 Cal Lutheran if they want to make a playoff appearance.
The Athenas upheld their #4 ranking with a first place finish at the SCIAC Multi-Dual meet on Saturday and finished with five runners in the top seven. Senior Jenifer Tavé lead the team in the women’s 6k with a second place overall finish (22:14.97) and was followed by fellow senior Breanna Deutsch (22:35.86) who finished fourth overall and sophomore Adele Eslinger who finished fifth and set a personal best with a time of 22:48.49. Having only one runner in the top ten really hurt the Stags. Rafer Dannenhauer lead the team with a sixth place overall finish, but CMS was forced to settle for third overall in the meet.
The Athenas competed in the Cal Lutheran tournament on Friday and Saturday. CMS played all non-conference games and finished 4-0 with wins against Widener, Lycoming, Mary Washington, and Wisconsin Lutheran. The Athenas are currently in third place and three games behind Cal Lutheran who are undefeated in conference play.
Men’s Water Polo
The Stags opened up conference play on Sunday at home against Whittier. Sophomore John Holland put in the first goal for the Stags off a 5-meter penalty shot and sparked the offense who went on to score 7 goals in the first half and take a 7-1 lead over the poets. A six goal third quarter helped the Stags seal the win over Whittier. Seniors Brian Chong and Vincent Schiavoni finished the match with four goals each and CMS went on to defend their 2010 conference championship with a 17-8 win.
The Athenas continue their second round of conference play this week taking on Whittier at home on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. You can listen to a live broadcast of this game here. On Saturday they travel to La Verne to take on the last place Leopards. CMS is currently tied with Pomona-Pitzer for second place in the conference.
Second place CMS plays at Whittier on Wednesday and hosts La Verne on Saturday at 1:00. You can listen to a live broadcast of this game here.
The Stags look to keep their playoff hopes alive this weekend on the road against Whittier. Kickoff is at 3:00.
The Athenas are on the road Friday and Saturday with back-to-back conference games against Redlands and Laverne. The Athenas face off against Redland on Friday at 7:30.
The Stags will look to defend their conference championship this week with two conference games against rival Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday and Caltech on Saturday. You can listen to a live broadcast of these games here.