LOS ANGELES — As the saying goes in sports, 'when your number gets called, be ready.' Freshman Alida Beck (Portland, Ore.) was the perfect example of that phrase on Tuesday.
In her first collegiate start, Beck scored a career-high five goals, leading the Occidental College women's lacrosse team to an easy 20-12 win over North Central (Ill.) at Jack Kemp Stadium. With the win, Oxy (8-1) extends the longest winning streak in program history to eight games.
Beck, who was filling in for a banged up Beebe Finch-Sanders (Berkeley) in the starting lineup, scored three goals in the first half and two in the second, and was 2-2 on free position attempts, answering the call in one of her first opportunities to play big minutes for the Tigers.
Heading into the game, Beck had just one goal all season, coming in a 25-9 win over Puget Sound on March 13.
Oxy's other main offensive contribution came from an unlikely player too. Greta Jarvis (Portland, Ore.), also a freshman, had her first hat trick, scoring all three of her goals in the second half.
"It was great that they stepped up and they've slowly been getting confidence," Occidental coach Michele Uhlfelder said, adding that Jarvis and Beck playing well showed off the Tigers depth, something that was lacking a bit in the program's first two years. "Tonight it was really great to see them play with a clean slate and play really well. I was really excited for them."
The Tigers as a team have been as hot offensively as Beck and Jarvis were Tuesday.
In their last five games, the Tigers are averaging 15 goals per game with an average scoring differential of +7.8.
"They know the goal differential that separates good teams, from really good teams," Uhlfelder said. "And I think they've been doing everything they can to make that differential happen."
Oxy has been held to single digits just three times all season, with each coming within the first four games of the season.
The Tigers controlled the game, extending a 10-goal lead for most of the second half, but the Cardinals (1-4) did make a respectable run towards the end to cut into the deficit. North Central (Ill.) scored six of the last seven goals in the game.
Amy Frazzini led the Cardinals with three, one during the run.
The Tigers try to make it nine in a row on Thursday against Allegheny at Jack Kemp Stadium.