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Bella Lynch scores one of her three goals for the Athenas
Bella Lynch scores one of her three goals for the Athenas

CMS Women's Lacrosse Falls 15-11 in SCIAC Title Game

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer women's lacrosse used a 5-0 run to start the second quarter to take an 8-4 lead, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps couldn't come closer than two the rest of the way as it fell 15-11 in the finals of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament on Saturday evening.

The loss drops the Athenas to 13-5 on the season, while Pomona-Pitzer remained undefeated with the win at 17-0, and earned the SCIAC's automatic bid. 

Alex Futterman and Bella Lynch each had three goals for CMS, with Futterman scoring her 100th career goal on her first tally before finishing the game with 102. Olivia Carey added two goals and two assists. 

Lynch and Futterman scored goals 26 seconds apart to give CMS its only lead at 4-3 with 1:33 left in the first quarter. The Sagehens, though, came back in the second quarter with five in a row, beginning and ending with goals from Fiona Lewis off of Sydney Landauer feeds. 

CMS responded, though, as Macie Gruver scored off the draw control 10 seconds after the Lewis goal, and Futterman scored twice in a span of 1:02 to cut the lead to 8-7. Pomona-Pitzer went back up 10-7 and appeared to take an 11-7 lead just before the half, but an illegal stick waved off the goal and Olivia Carey converted on the other end to make it 10-8 at the break. 

Lynch scored back-to-back unassisted goals in the third quarter to get CMS back to within 13-11, but the Sagehens got one back before the end of the quarter and then scored the lone goal of the fourth with 10:35 left before running out the clock.

Landauer finished with four goals and three assists for the Sagehens to lead all players with seven points. 

CMS, which has only suffered losses to Pomona-Pitzer and top-15 teams TCNJ and Wesleyan, will await its postseason fate when the NCAA selections are announced on Monday.