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March 13, 2013

Tigers fall by one to Haverford

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

LOS ANGELESRebecca Belding (Burlingame) led the Tigers with three goals, and Tori Larson (Denver, Colo.) and Beebe Finch Sanders (Berkeley) each added two.

But the Occidental College women's lacrosse team had four costly turnovers at pivotal moments in a 10-9 loss to undefeated Haverford College (4-0) at Jack Kemp Stadium on Wednesday.

Belding and Finch Sanders scored key goals for the Tigers, the second a left-handed shot by Finch Sanders, despite contact, that tied the game at nine with 4:06 left.

But with 56 seconds remaining, after Kristen Feinberg (Haverford, Pa.) forced a critical turnover and Larson swooped up the ground ball, Isabel Osgood-Roach's (Portland, Ore.) attacking pass was intercepted by Anne Cullen and Oxy fell one goal short against a talented team from the Northeast.

Turnovers at inopportune moments were a theme for Oxy in the last 15 minutes of the game.

Both Larson and Belding snatched up key draws late in the second half before subsequently giving the ball right back to the Fords.

After Larson tied the game at seven with a streaking goal to her left, the junior won a draw that touched different sticks two or three times before she secured it. But just as she did, she slipped and lost it. The Fords gained control and Megan Gallagher scored later in the possession, putting Haverford up 8-7 with 12:30 to play.

On the ensuing draw, Belding had control for a moment, but had the ball poked away, leading to another Gallagher goal and a 9-7 lead for the Fords.

Then Kenny Likes, who finished with a goal and two assists, countered by finding Hannah Morgan for the go-ahead goal with 3:36 on the clock.

Oxy trailed 5-3 at half and outscored the Fords 6-5 in the second.

Freshman goalie Kirsten Hee (Vancouver, Wash.) made eight saves for the Tigers.

Oxy's Haley Gandsey (Oakland) and Charlotte Bromley (Watertown, Conn.) both had three ground balls.

The Tigers are back at Jack Kemp Stadium on Friday facing Stevenson at 1 p.m.