CLAREMONT — The Occidental College women's lacrosse team erased what was at one point a five-goal deficit to pick up an important win at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 15-13 on Wednesday.
The Tigers (11-2, 5-2 SCIAC) trailed 8-3 early in the first half before cutting the lead to 8-6 at the break.
The Tigers went on a 9-2 run spanning the last 10 minutes of the first half and first 20 minutes of the second, to open up a three-goal advantage, 12-9. CMS cut the lead to one twice in the final 5 minutes, but the Tigers answered each with goals on the other end.
CMS' Madi Shove made it 13-12 with just more than 5 minutes left. Oxy's Lauren Wemple (Needham, Mass.) responded though 57 seconds after with a free position goal, giving Oxy a two-goal cushion with 3:24 on the clock.
Less than 1 minute later, CMS' Claire Peterson brought the lead back to one with a free position goal of her own, but Rebecca Belding (Burlingame) scored the last goal of the game with 2:01 to play and Oxy held on for its third road victory of the season.
Ali Abramovitz had four goals and two assists for the Athenas.
Beebe Finch-Sanders (Berkeley) won four draws and picked up three ground balls for the Tigers.
The victory means Oxy (11-2, 5-2 SCIAC) will head into the SCIAC tournament as the host and No. 2 seed. They'll face CMS again on April 28 regardless of the outcome of their season finale against Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at Jack Kemp Stadium.