Oxy Pulls Off Comeback Against Pomona-Pitzer

Oxy Pulls Off Comeback Against Pomona-Pitzer


LOS ANGELES — After trailing for almost the entire game, Shai Goodman scored back-to-back goals to tie it and then Alessandra Pelliccia scored the game-winner as the Occidental women's lacrosse team earned its biggest victory of the season with a 13-12 win over Pomona-Pitzer at Jack Kemp Stadium on Wednesday.

Oxy fell behind 8-2 and trailed 12-8 with just 11 minutes to play in the second half before going on a 5-0 run to finish off the Sagehens.

Goodman, the reigning SCIAC Offensive Player of the Week, cut the lead to 12-11 on a nice feed from Mia Jones from behind the cage with 6:45 to play. She scored again on a drive to her right with 3:57 left to cut the lead to one, and then Pelliccia took a pass from Lauren Di Lella in front of the cage, turned and made the comeback complete.

Madisyn Hallare was outstanding on the draw, finishing with 10 on the game. When the Tigers started to make their push in the second half, it seemed like she came up with every ball. She also had three goals, five ground balls and one assist. 

Marie Whitmore scored a game-high four goals to lead Oxy, Goodman had two goals and an assist, Di Lella had a goal and two assists, and Pelliccia had one goal, one assist and three caused turnovers.

The Tigers played good defense for the last 12 minutes of the first half and through the second half in front of goalkeeper Katherine Drake, who subbed on and was steady. Oxy only allowed four goals in the final 42 minutes of the game.

The Tigers' biggest defensive play of the game came with just a handful of seconds ticking down and Pomona-Pitzer with a transition opportunity off a turnover to tie it. Emma Barrow went sprinting back and was able to get her stick on a pass toward the middle of the 8-meter line, deflecting the ball away as time expired and the Tigers rushed the field.

Pomona-Pitzer goalie Emily Vomvas was outstanding in the net, finishing with 17 saves. Eleanor Mackey led the Sagehens offense with three goals.

Season Impact: Oxy improves to 7-4 overall and 5-2 in SCIAC play. Pomona-Pitzer falls to 10-4 and 5-2. Both teams are tied for second place with three regular season games to play.

Next Game: Oxy is back in action on at Redlands on April 13 at 7 p.m.

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