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March 15, 2013

Oxy defense solid in loss

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

LOS ANGELESKirsten Hee (Vancouver, Wash.) made 10 saves and the Occidental College women's lacrosse team's defense was solid all afternoon.

But in a physical game that included six yellow cards, The Tigers couldn't scrape together enough offense, losing to Stevenson University 7-5 at Jack Kemp Stadium on Friday.

With her team trailing by two with 2:20 left, Hee's biggest save of the game redirected a shot by Amanda Legar from point-blank range, out of trouble and towards the left side of the 12-meter arc. But Legar recovered her own miss and the Tigers (4-5) dropped their third straight game to another talented team from the Northeast.

Lauren Wemple (Needham, Mass.) and Rebecca Belding (Burlingame) were the only two that were clicking offensively for Oxy. From behind the cage, Wemple found Belding for a game-high three scores on similar cuts toward the goal. Two of them came during a 3-3, low-scoring first half.

In the second, Leah Warner scored an impressive goal, going against her momentum and away from the cage, and Taylor Wright added another on a free position, giving the Mustangs (4-1) a 5-3 lead.

Oxy worked its way back into the game and had the ball and a chance to tie. Belding scored her third goal and Haley Gandsey (Oakland) drilled a left-handed shot from the 12-meter arc to bring Oxy within one, 6-5, with 13:13 left in the game. Then Isabel Osgood-Roach cut off of Wemple's screen from behind the cage and scored, but Wemple was whistled for an offensive foul and the goal didn't count. Legar gave the Mustangs some insurance with a score on their next possession.

Marisa Meiklejohn led the Mustangs with two goals.

Kristen Feinberg (Haverford, Pa.) snatched up four ground balls for Oxy.

The Tigers are back in action on March 27, hosting Oberlin College at Jack Kemp Stadium at 7 p.m.