The Sagehens scored early and never looked back as Pomona-Pitzer (3-3, 2-1 SCIAC) defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (4-2, 2-1 SCIAC) 2-0 Wednesday night. In the second minute of the game, Michael Ceragioli took a pass from inside the top left of the box and slid it by Ricky Doar. The Hens struck again in the 79th minute when Lawrence McDonald, sprinting into the box, received a cross from Evan Munoz, tucking the ball into the right side of the net giving the men in blue a 2-0 lead. The defeat ended the Stags' four game win-streak.
The Stags had chances to equalize the game, but could not finish as little seemed to roll CMS' way when it mattered most. Jared Bernstein almost scored from 15 feet out, beating Hen goalkeeper Rollie Thayer, but Erik Munzer quickly jumped in front of Bernstein's shot and deflected it wide. Later in the game, Jake Bishop dodged into the box and unleashed a hard right shot that clanked off the post and out of play.
The Stags pressured the young P-P defense, but the Hens, although giving up possessions, did not allow the goal and instead opted to play counter attacks, creating their chances off of missed Stag opportunities. With seven minutes remaining, Harrison Doyle curved the ball towards the upper left corner of the net, but Rollie Thayer made one of his seven saves of the night, tipping the ball over the bar for a corner. Doyle again almost scored off the corner, but the Pomona-Pitzer defense quickly booted the ball out of their box.
The Stags are back in action Friday afternoon when they take on Hendrix College at 4:00 at Pritzlaff Field and return to SCIAC play on Saturday at 1:00 versus University of La Verne. The Sixth Street rivalry continues October 15th at Pomona-Pitzer.