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November 16, 2011

Pokorny Named SCIAC Athlete of the Week

Claremont, Calif. - Senior goalie Kyle Pokorny (Coronado, Calif.) was named the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week (all sports) in a vote of the league's sports information directors, it was announced today.

Pokorny earned the honor after leading the Sagehens to the SCIAC Championship on Sunday at the La Verne Aquatics Center with a 7-4 win over neighboring rival CMS. Pokorny had 14 saves in the game, including all six shots he faced in the decisive fourth quarter when Pomona-Pitzer turned a 4-4 tie into a 7-4 win.

In fact, after CMS jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes, Pokorny stopped 14 of the last 16 shots he faced. All six of his saves in the fourth quarter came with either the score tied 4-4 or the Sagehens clinging to a 5-4 lead, before Pomona-Pitzer scored twice in the final 48 seconds to capture the 7-4 win. CMS had the top offensive team in the SCIAC coming into the match, averaging 12.2 goals per game.

Pokorny also helped get the Sagehens off to a quick start at the SCIAC Tournament with eight saves in the first half of a quarterfinal win over Whittier on Friday (before coming out of the game at halftime with an 8-3 lead). In the semifinals on Saturday, he had four big saves in the fourth quarter of a narrow 11-9 win over Redlands. 

Pomona-Pitzer will next be in action when it competes in the Western Water Polo Association Championship in Pokorny's hometown of San Diego, opening up on Thursday with a match against SCIAC rival La Verne (3 p.m.). The Sagehens, who will be the sixth seed in the WWPA, would face third-seeded Santa Clara in the quarterfinals on Friday if it defeated La Verne in the first round.