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Tigers fall twice on opening day

CLAREMONT, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2009) – The season opened against a familiar foe as Occidental College faced off with the University of Redlands, in a non-conference match-up, to plunge into the 2009 season. After a tough 12-9 loss at the claws of the Bulldogs, the Tigers fell to the University of the Pacific 19-4 in day one of the two-day Inland Empire Tournament.

The Tigers were led offensively by junior Austen Oliver, who scored five times against Redlands, added a sixth goal against UoP. He also drew a team-leading four ejections in the first game and three in the final game of the day. Sophomore Tai McDermott scored a pair in the loss to Redlands, with a two assists and three drawn ejections, and also netted one in the second game of the day.

Joining in the offense against UR were freshman Joe Reynolds and junior Greg Benz.

Junior goalie Max Kelly recorded 10 saves against Redlands, adding three steals. McDermott had a team-high four steals against the Bulldogs.

In the second game of the day, the Tigers were roughed up a bit, scoring just four times while allowing 19. Dan Seagren scored the first goal of his collegiate career while sophomore Brendan Whitemore added the final score of the afternoon.

For the first time wearing black and orange both Scott Churchman and Kyle Reuther saw playing time in front of the cage, making nine and seven saves, respectively. Sophomore Richard Dybas recorded three steals in the loss to UoP to lead all Tigers.

Also getting his first taste of collegiate water polo today was Conrad Fihn.

Occidental will return to Claremont tomorrow for the second day of the Inland Empire Tournament. They will face off with a pair of SCIAC schools as they play Whittier College at 10:15 a.m. followed by a meeting with the Leopards from the University of La Verne at 1:15 p.m.