Poets exit SCIAC Championships after 15-6 loss to Occidental
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – For the fourth straight year the Whittier College women's lacrosse team has exited the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships in the first round falling 15-6 on the road to Occidental College.
The SCIAC Championships for women's lacrosse originated back in 2010 where the Purple & Gold were a No. 3 seed where they fell in the semi-finals 14-6 to Redlands finishing third in the SCIAC standings.
A 4-1 run to open the first half set the tone for the rest of the game for the Tigers Wednesday evening as they would go into the half leading 5-2. Both goals from Whittier came from freshmen Taylor Pool and Jess Hansen.
Lily Baxter pulled the Poets within two out of the break and would add a free position five minutes later but that's as close as Whittier would get as Oxy would rattle off six unanswered over an eight minute spread that moved the score to 12-4 with 14:53 to play. Daniella Delledera would stop the bleeding at the 12:08 mark with an unassisted goal and Baxter would add her third of the game with 2:08 to play but it wouldn't be enough to knock off No. 3 Occidental as WC would fall 15-6.
Baxter finished with three goals on three shots with a groundball and draw control to lead the Poets.
In goal Nicole Yorba faced 28 shots and collected 13 saves.
After tying with Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer for first place at 8-2 at the end of the double round robin, Oxy missed out on a first-round bye because of the goal differential tiebreaker that favored Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer. Dropping to the No. 3 seed allowed them an opportunity to earn an extra point in the First Round against Whittier, putting Oxy one point ahead in the standings after Wednesday's win.
The Tigers advance to play at Redlands on Monday at 7 p.m in one of two semi-finals.