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Allie Hill had two goals and two assists for the Athenas
Allie Hill had two goals and two assists for the Athenas

CMS Women's Lacrosse Sees SCIAC Win Streak Snapped at 37

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's lacrosse team led 6-3 late in the first half, but suffered through a prolonged scoring drought as it suffered its first defeat to a SCIAC team since 2016, falling 11-9 at Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday night.

With the loss, CMS now stands at 1-1 on the young season and 1-1 in the SCIAC, after winning its last 37 games against league foes. The Athenas have gone 10-0 in each of the last three SCIAC regular seasons and captured the last three tournaments as well, and opened this season up with a road win at Chapman for its 37th straight win over a SCIAC team. Pomona-Pitzer improves to 4-0 on the year with the win, all in league games. 

A free position shot from sophomore Alex Futterman had the Athenas in good shape up 6-3 with 4:47 left in the half, but it would be almost 30 minutes until CMS would find the back of the net again. Pomona-Pitzer closed out the half on three goals from Eleanor Mackey in a span of 3:12 to tie the score before intermission, and then carried that momentum into the second half, stretching the run to 7-0 and taking a 10-6 lead in the closing minutes. 

CMS had one final comeback effort, as junior attack Sally Abel scored on a feed from senior midfielder Allie Hill with 5:44 remaining, and after winning the ensuing draw control, Hill scored 34 seconds later to close the gap to 10-8. CMS had the ball with a chance to cut the lead even closer, including two free position attempts, but Pomona-Pitzer was able to dodge the bullet and picked up an insurance goal with 2:07 left to make it an 11-8 game.

Abel finished off a hat trick on another assist from Abel in the final minute, but CMS didn't have enough time to close the gap any further as the horn blew with Pomona-Pitzer on top 11-9. 

CMS scored four straight goals in the first half to take a 5-2 lead. Hill started the run off a feed from Futterman with 16:23 left, and sophomore Sammie Cohen scored on a free position shot to make it 3-2 CMS with 11:15 left in the half. Just 18 seconds later, first-year Katelyn Sparks scored to push the lead to 4-2 and Cohen netted her second to give CMS its largest lead at 5-2 with 8:35 left in the half. 

Abel led CMS with four caused tunovers, while sophomore defender Alex Wilson had a team high four ground balls. Maggie Sweeney led all scorers with four goals for Pomona-Pitzer. 

CMS will be back in action on Saturday for its home opener, taking on Occidental for a 1 p.m. contest at Zinda Field.