Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics is ranked third in the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, the program’s highest finish ever. This is the second-straight year that CMS has finished in the top-5 in the country.
For the 10th-straight year and 30th time in program history, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletic Department claimed the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Combined All-Sports Trophy. The Athenas earned 94 points this season and won the All-Sports Trophy on the women’s side by a 19-point margin, claiming their eighth-straight and 23rd overall. The Stags finished third in the standings on the men’s side with 65.5 points. Pomona-Pitzer won the men’s All-Sports Trophy.
There are usually two questions that follow when someone learns that I play two sports. How? And Why? The second question, the reason why I play two sports, stems from my life back in Texas and how I was raised.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) announced the All-American Athletes of the Year Awards for the 2017-18 school year and of the 500 named from 230 schools across all divisions, three Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletes earned the honor. The award recognizes athletic accomplishments and dedication to strength and conditioning. Football’s Mackenzie Cooney (CMC), men’s basketball’s Maxwell Kirsch (CMC), and lacrosse’s Corie Hack (CMC) were all honored with the award.
On Tuesday morning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) announced their All-Conference teams. Among the student-athletes honored were seven Stags. Chris Cziesla (CMC), Brian Wahl (CMC), Mitchell Allan (CMC), and Jordan Leonard (CMC) earned First Team honors while Trey Smith (CMC), Brendan MacDonald (CMC), and Victor Bunce (CMC) were named Second Team.
The 60th edition of the Sixth Street Rivalry was a thrilling one on Saturday afternoon. The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens converted a walk-off two-point attempt in overtime to win the game 29-28 over the Stags. The Stags took their first lead of the day when Chris Czielsa (CMC) hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass on just the second play of overtime. Needing a touchdown to continue the game, Pomona-Pitzer faced a fourth and seven from the 22-yard line. Karter Odermann escaped pressure and heaved a pass to the end zone. The pass bounced off the helmet of a Stag defender and into the waiting arms of Kevin Masini for the score.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team fell to the Chapman Panthers 48-38 on Saturday night. The Stags trailed 28-7 late in the first-half, but battled back and cut the margin to just four at 28-24 in the third quarter after a pair of touchdown runs from Spencer Sheff (CMC) and Garrett Cheadle (HMC) and a 43-yard field goal from Mitchell Allan (CMC). CMS could not keep pace with the high-scoring Chapman attack and despite Cheadle punching in a one-yard touchdown late, the Stags fell 48-38.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team stopped a two-game slide on Saturday evening with a 17-7 victory over the La Verne on the Leopards' Homecoming. The victory improves the Stags to 4-3 on the season and bumps them to 2-2 in the SCIAC. CMS attempted just 14 passes in the game, but used an effective ground attack and strong defense to earn the 10-point victory.
Three different Stags scored touchdowns on Saturday afternoon, but the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team was not able to hold on against the Redlands Bulldogs, falling 42-25. The Stags held a 17-12 lead at the half and the game was tied 25-25 at the end of the third quarter, but the Bulldogs scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.
Cal Lutheran handed the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team their first SCIAC loss of the season on Saturday afternoon by a 42-20 final. The Stags held a 10-7 lead early in the second-quarter, but the Kingsmen found success through the air with Adam Friederichsen tossing three of his four touchdown passes in the second-quarter and Cal Lutheran took a 28-13 lead at the half.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team continued their strong start to SCIAC play by shutting out the Occidental Tigers 37-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Stags overwhelmed the Tigers on both sides of the ball, collecting 459 yards on offense and limiting the Tigers to just 113 yards. The CMS defense allowed Occidental to gain just six first downs and collected a half dozen sacks in the contest.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team escaped Whittier on Saturday night with a 41-34 victory over the Poets. Whittier scored 17 fourth-quarter points and were driving in the final two minutes looking for the game-tying score, but Cade Moffatt (CMC) snagged his first career interception with 1:23 remaining to seal the victory for the Stags.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team hosted the Washington and Lee Generals in Zinda Field. The Generals used a methodical ground attack to build a 24-0 lead. The Stags battled back scoring the next 14 points, but it was not enough as the Generals held on for the 24-14 victory.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team opened the 2017 season with a 37-16 victory over the Lewis and Clark Pioneers on Saturday afternoon. The Stags’ defense held the Pioneers to just two points for the first 55 minutes before Lewis and Clark pushed two late touchdowns through.
On Saturday afternoon the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team will hit the field for the first time in the 2017 season when they travel to Lewis and Clark College. The season opener between the Stags and Pioneers is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. in Portland, Ore.
Over the next week the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) will release their Preseason Coaches Polls. Each team’s preseason rankings were determined through a poll filled out by the respective head coaches in the conference.
During the 2016-17 academic year, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department won 14 hard-fought regular season championships in the Southern Californian Intercollegiate and its athletes were honored with many outstanding awards.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team travelled to Ireland and Scotland on Monday, May 15, for a nine-day cultural and educational tour that will include a game against top UK club team the East Kilbride Pirates.
Senior Jake Glasser (CMC), from the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team, has been named a First Team All-American by the Jewish Sports Review. Glasser joins 21 other players from across all three NCAA Divisions.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is joining NCAA Division III programs nationwide to celebrate the impact of athletics and student-athletes on college campuses. From April 3-9, CMS will be sharing videos that document just a few of the hundreds of stories about why our student-athletes play DIII.
For the second consecutive year, junior Victor Bunce (CMC) was named to one of D3football.com’s All-West Region teams, as announced Dec. 5. A total of 77 players were chosen from 260 nominations in NCAA Division III.
Senior linebacker Gator Adams (CMC) from the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team has been selected to the 42-man roster of the USA All American Eagles to compete against the Mexico All Stars in the Aztec Bowl. Adams joins five other players from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to compete in the international football game.
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference released the 2016 All-Conference football teams, including nine athletes from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The four CMS players on the First Team are senior tight end Patrick Dixon (CMC), senior defensive tackle Paul Slaats (HMC), junior linebacker Brendan MacDonald (CMC), and junior defensive back Victor Bunce (CMC). Sophomore offensive lineman Malcolm Stolarski (CMC), junior tight end Chris Cziesla (CMC), defensive end Henry Wei (CMC) and senior kicker Matthew Aven (CMC) represent CMS on the Second Team. Senior defensive end Jake Glasser (CMC) was named to the Second Team and was the 2016 recipient of the John Zinda Award.
In the final game of the 2016 season, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team beat cross-campus rivals Pomona-Pitzer 23-21. This win marks the fourth over the Sagehens for the CMS graduating class of 2017.