Top Seeded Women's Lacrosse Set to Begin SCIAC Tourney

Lauren Clubb and the Athenas begin the SCIAC Tournament on Saturday morning.
Lauren Clubb and the Athenas begin the SCIAC Tournament on Saturday morning.

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The No. 22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's lacrosse team has won 16-straight games, including a 10-0 mark in the SCIAC this season. The Athenas locked up their fourth regular season SCIAC Championship this season and have earned the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament that begins on Saturday morning when CMS hosts the Chapman Panthers at 11:00 a.m. in the SCIAC Semifinals. The Athenas defeated the Panthers by scores of 18-9 and 21-2 in their two meetings during the regular season.

The winner of top-seeded CMS and fourth-seeded Chapman will play against the winner of second-seeded Occidental and third-seeded Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, May 5 at the higher remaining seed's field.

See below for a quick preview of the SCIAC Tournament field:

No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas – 16-1 overall, 10-0 SCIAC

CMS enters SCIAC postseason play led by Evan Murphy who has registered a team-best 68 points on the strength of 34 goals and 34 assists. Corie Hack follows with 58 points, highlighted by 51 goals, while Sally Abel has collected 43 goals and posted 48 points this season for the Athenas. Murphy also stands as the team-leader in ground balls (78), draw controls (52) and caused turnovers (66). Goalie Anna Gillespie has been stellar with an 11-0 record and 58 saves.

All-SCIAC players

     Corie Hack – Jr. – A – First Team, Offensive Athlete of the Year

     Evan Murphy – Sr. – M – First Team, Defensive Athlete of the Year

     Sally Abel – Fr. – A – First Team

     Kira Weiss – So. – D – First Team

     Katie Hill – Sr. – D – First Team

     Allie Hill – So. – M – First Team

     Emily Cohen – So. – M – Second Team

     Anna Gillespie – Fr. – G – Second Team

No. 4 Chapman Panthers –  5-10 overall, 4-6 SCIAC

Chapman is led by Stacey Zuppa's 53 points so far in 2018 which includes 37 goals and 16 assists. Danielle Zahn and Alexandra Callaway follow with 29 and 27 points respectively as the duo has combined for 49 goals on the season. Taylor Hextrum is the Panthers' main feature between the posts as the first-year net-minder has registered 104 stops so far.

All-SCIAC players

     Stacey Zuppa – Sr. – M – First Team

     Danielle Zahn – Jr. – M – Second Team

     Shelby Thompson – Jr. – D – Second Team

     Ally Kroeckel – So. – D – Second Team

     Alexandra Callaway – So. – A – Second Team

When they met

The Athenas handled the Panthers in both of their meetings during the regular season. CMS earned victories of 18-9 and 21-2. Sally Abel led the Athenas across the two games with nine total goals, including a six-goal game on Mar. 21 on Zinda Field. In the last game of the regular season, CMS scored the final 15 goals of the contest to rout the Panthers 21-2 just a week ago.

No. 2 Occidental Tigers – 12-5 overall, 8-2 SCIAC

Occidental's Sierra Slack has been a key factor for the Tigers this season tallying 89 points, including 59 goals and 30 assists, while Ciara Byrne leads the squad with 73 markers and has notched 78 points. Alessandra Pelliccia has netted 43 goals en route to 54 points during the 2018 campaign, while while Slack leads the team with 46 ground balls and 79 draw controls. Goalie Neah Bois has turned away 100 shots so far this season.

All-SCIAC players

     Sierra Slack – Sr. – A – First Team

     Ciara Byrne – Sr. – M – First Team

     Emma Barrow – So. – D – First Team

     Alessandra Pelliccia – So. – M – Second Team

When they met

The Athenas swept the season series against the Tigers, but Occidental gave CMS their tightest game in SCIAC play with the Athenas earning a four-goal victory back on Feb. 21, 14-10. In the rematch over a month later, CMS jumped out to an early lead before cruising to an 18-6 victory on Apr. 7. In the second meeting between the two team, Murphy scored five goals to lead the team and Abel notched four.

No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens – 10-7 overall, 5-5 SCIAC

Pomona-Pitzer is led by Lilly Thomey's 51 goals and nine helpers (60 points), while Sarah Woo has fired in 32 goals and dished out 18 assists en route to 50 points. Sonia Olson follows with 44 points on the strength of 37 goals, while Woo has paced the Sagehens with 63 draw controls. Between the pipes, Annie Price has made 165 saves in 16 appearances

All-SCIAC players

     Lilly Thomey – Jr. – A – First Team

     Sal Marx – Sr. – M – First Team

     Sarah Woo – Fr. – M – First Team, Newcomer of the Year

     Annie Price – So. – G – First Team

     Nicole Larson – Jr. – D – Second Team

     Kate Immergluck – Fr. – M – Second Team

     Sammy Little – So. – D – Second Team

When they met

In their two regular season meetings, the Athenas earned a pair of double-digit victories with wins of 15-5 and 17-3. Corie Hack scored four goals in both of the contests between the Six Street rivals.