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Oxy Defeats Defending SCIAC Champs, Moves to 2-0

LOS ANGELES — Ever since the Occidental College women's lacrosse program began in 2010, Redlands has been a thorn in Oxy's side.

Going into Wednesday night's SCIAC matchup, the Bulldogs had taken 8 of the 10 all-time meetings, including wins over the Tigers in the SCIAC Championship and the NCAA playoffs.

But none of the history mattered at Jack Kemp Stadium as Alida Beck led a second-half charge that gave the Tigers a statement victory over the Bulldogs, 15-12.

Oxy sits atop the SCIAC standings at 2-0. Redlands falls to 1-1 after winning at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 17-9 in their opener.

"We're really happy to be playing team-oriented Oxy lacrosse. We're making plays when it counts and we're playing stingy defense," Oxy head coach Stephanie Janice said. "It was really rewarding to play a competitive Redlands team for a full 60 minutes. This is a rivalry that has been intense and now we'll look to build on our success."

Beck scored three of her four goals in the second half, including the game-tying goal with 13:18 left and the go-ahead goal just moments later.

"Alida was really big in the second half when we needed her," Janice said. "She's a junior in the program and we're excited that she's starting to have a breakout year."

The Tigers never relinquished the lead, beating the two-time defending SCIAC champions while putting the rest of the conference on notice with wins over last year's top two teams.

Oxy won 18-12 in its season opener at Chapman, the runner up in the SCIAC in 2013.

Mackenzie Wright tied for the team-lead with four goals as Oxy's balanced offensive attack went to work again. Rebecca Belding and Brita Loeb each added two goals as seven Oxy players found the net.

Loeb also helped Oxy dominate possession by winning eight draw controls, marking the second game in a row that she's had that many.

"In the second half, we were able to run away the draw control battle," Janice said. "Brita was huge in that area. Then we played the tempo on attack and had good smart possessions."

Tori Larson, Beebe Finch Sanders and Mary Richardson rounded out Oxy's scoring with a goal each.

Jacky Craycraft led Redlands with five goals and KK McCaslin added four.

The Tigers return to conference play on Saturday against Pomona-Pitzer at 1 p.m. at Jack Kemp Stadium.