|Athletics Week In Review (Full Version – PDF)
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Women’s Cross Country
The CMS cross country teams had the past week off in order to prepare for the SCIAC championships on Oct. 31 at Prado Park in Chino. The Athenas finished first in the SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet a week ago with four finishers in the top six. Last season, the men and women finished first at the SCIAC championships and went on to compete in the NCAA postseason.
The Athenas saw their six-game win streak snapped last week at home against Cal Lutheran but rebounded nicely in the home finale against Occidental. Seniors led the way in the 2-0 victory, as defender Kelsey Heflin (CMC ’16) scored her first career goal in her final regular-season home game, heading in a corner from fellow senior Darrah Shields (CMC ’16). Shields found the back of the net herself later in the match to tack on an insurance marker. The CMS women’s soccer team will play its final two matches of the 2015 regular season this week at Chapman on Oct. 28 and at Whittier on Oct. 31. CMS (10-5-3, 7-3-2 SCIAC) owns second place in the conference and will host an SCIAC tournament match if it finishes second or higher.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s volleyball team (21-5, 11-2 SCIAC) had another huge week, this time defeating No. 6 Cal Lutheran in five sets and sweeping Pomona-Pitzer. Nicole Kerkhof (CMC ’17) helped the Athenas upset the Regals with 22 kills, and Clara Madsen (CMC ’18) and Tanner Hoke (CMC ’16) split the setting duties, each chipping in 26 assists. Shelbi Stein (CMC ’18) led the way against Pomona-Pitzer with 16 kills and four service aces. The third-place Athenas are a lock for the 2015 SCIAC tournament but the final seeding has yet to be determined. The remaining three matches at Occidental on Oct. 27, at home against Chapman on Oct. 30, and at Redlands on Oct. 31 will help determine where CMS will finish in the final SCIAC standings.
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Men’s Cross Country
The CMS cross country teams had the past week off in order to prepare for the SCIAC championships on Oct. 31 at Prado Park in Chino. The Stags had three runners place in the top five and collected second place overall a week ago at the SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet. Last season, the men and women finished first at the SCIAC championships and went on to compete in the NCAA postseason.
One of the most thrilling victories in CMS football history saw the Stags erase a two-score deficit with less than 30 seconds remaining against Occidental to come out on top 45-42. Shane Pico (CMC ’18) contributed 194 yards and three touchdowns on the ground before quarterback Trey Reynolds (CMC ’17) led CMS to back-to-back touchdown drives in the final minute, finishing the day with 262 passing yards and three touchdowns. The 4-2 (3-1 SCIAC) Stags trail only La Verne in the conference standings and have three games remaining on the 2015 schedule. This week, CMS will take on Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks on Oct. 31.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Chapman at home in overtime but responded with a 2-1 road victory over Cal Lutheran. In the win, Mehron Abdi (CMC ’17) knocked in the game winner with just three seconds remaining. Daniel Cui (CMC ’18) made four saves to help the Stags earn the victory. CMS (6-6-4, 6-5-3 SCIAC) will close out its 2015 campaign this week at Pomona-Pitzer on Oct. 28, and at home against Occidental on Oct. 31.
Men’s Water Polo
The Stags remain unbeaten in the SCIAC (3-0) thanks to a pair of victories last week. CMS beat Cal Lutheran in a one-goal match, with Peter Seidner (CMC ’19) netting the game-winner. In the 14-7 win over Occidental, Tanner Cullen (CMC ’16) scored five times and Alex Waggoner (CMC ’17) contributed three. The first-place Stags will match up against Redlands at home on Oct. 28 before traveling to Caltech on Oct. 31.
by Tony Steege and Chris Watts
Sports Information Assistant and Director of Athletics Communication