Occidental’s offense pulls away late to 20-9 victory

Occidental’s offense pulls away late to 20-9 victory

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team came back from Spring Break just to fall to the Tigers of Occidental College 20-9 Saturday afternoon.

Whittier drops to 4-9, 0-5 SCIAC still seeking their first SCIAC win of the season, while Occidental improves to 10-1, 4-1 SCIAC remaining in second place in the SCIAC standings. 

Coming back from break a plethora of players were sick that caused practices during the week to be cut short or canceled but Head Coach Staci Williams had her girls prepared and they showed it in the first half as they battled the Tigers only giving up two goals in the final minute to go into the half down 9-5.

It was a paltering day in the heat and it affected both squads as the players continually got water breaks trying to keep hydrated throughout the contest but in the long run the Tigers proved to be better equipped for the heat as they scored 11 in the second half in route to the 20-9 victory.

Whittier and Occidental swapped goals in the first nine minutes of play behind goals from Dana Barraco and Lily Baxter who were both assisted from Carolyn Mukai.  At the 17:31 mark Beebe Finch-Sanders put the Tigers in front on a man advantage opportunity but again saw Whittier tie the game up at 3-3 behind a free position goal from Barraco. 

But this would be as close as the Poets would get as Occidental rattled off back to back goals to extend their lead to 6-3 but saw Whittier add a goal at the 10:44 mark from Hallie Doane that pulled the Poets within two.  But Occidental bounced back and went back to back to back with goals to close out the half capped off by a goal from Rebecca Belding while time expired that put the Tigers up 9-5.

Coming out in the third it was all Tigers as they scored the first 10 goals of the half led by Tori Larson who added three goals herself until Barraco stopped the bleeding at the 12:04 mark for the Poets that moved the score to 19-6.  The Purple & Gold continued to be aggressive on the offensive side of the ball as they added back to back to back goals from Baxter, Doane, and Drew Kuperman but it wasn't enough as Occidental continued to maintain their offensive prowess cruising to the 20-9 victory.

Despite not scoring any goals Mukai added three assists to go with five draw controls to lead the Poets, while Larsen and Belding added four goals apiece.     

Whittier looks to obtain their first SCIAC victory as they travel out to Claremont-M-S on Tuesday, April 11 to take on the Athena's who are in first place in the SCIAC standings.  This game is set to begin at 7:00pm.