April 11, 2012

BIG FIRST-HALF RUN AGAIN THE DIFFERENCE IN LOSS TO REDLANDS

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director           
 

REDLANDS — The Occidental College women's lacrosse team is a much different squad from the one that lost to Redlands in its first game of the season nearly two months ago, but the Bulldogs still have the Tigers number.

Oxy had its 10-game winning streak — the longest in the program's three-year history — snapped on the road with a 20-10 loss to the first-place and still undefeated Bulldogs (12-0, 6-0 SCIAC).

The Tigers (10-2, 4-2 SCIAC) hadn't lost since their season opener against Redlands on Feb. 15, a stretch lasting 56 days, and had won the last three games of their impressive run in dominating fashion, scoring 20-plus goals in each.

But the most recent loss to the Bulldogs got away from the Tigers the same way the first did.

Oxy's Rebecca Belding (Burlingame) tied a relatively evenly played game at one goal 6 minutes in, then the Bulldogs scored nine unanswered throughout the next 9 minutes to take a commanding 10-1 lead. Sarah Kessler (Portland, Ore.), Isabel Osgood-Roach (Portland, Ore.) and Lauren Wemple (Needham, Mass.) scored consecutive goals near the end of the first half to bring Oxy within six (10-4), but the Tigers never got closer.

In the first meeting, Redlands had an even bigger run that forced Oxy to play from behind, scoring 11 unanswered beginning in the first half.

Jacky Craycraft led the Bulldogs with six goals and an assist on Wednesday. Roach led the Tigers with three goals.

Kessler scored two goals and dished out three assists, and Wemple (Needham, Mass.) had two goals and two assists for Oxy.

The loss means the Tigers are playing for the No. 2 seed in the SCIAC tournament with two games to go. They can move a game in front of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6-7, 4-2 SCIAC), who they are currently tied for second with, with a win against the Athenas on April 18.