Oxy Comes Up Short Against Chapman

Oxy Comes Up Short Against Chapman


LOS ANGELES — The Occidental women's water polo team played its best game of the year, but came up a little short in an 11-8 loss to Chapman at Taylor Pool on Wednesday.

"We played with heart and integrity," Oxy head coach Jack Stabenfeldt said. "This was our best performance of the year. We played as a team, executed our game plan and everyone contributed."

Oxy drew nine exclusions, but the difference in the game was the Tigers going just 3 for 12 in their 6-on-5 offense.

Oxy's Abigail Lavold was good on ball-side drives with Chandler Luebbers feeding her for a team-high three goals that all came in the first half.

Luebbers had one goal and a game-high five assists, feeding Lavold, Monica Chernoff and Claudia Oppermann in the post with good entry passes.

Chernoff finished with a goal and an assist, and Oppermann had two goals, two assissts and four drawn exlcusions.

Audrey Hattori had three goals, and Argelia Diaz had a pair of goals and assists to lead Chapman.

Oxy took a 2-1 lead and then hit the wall in the first quarter, giving up three unanswered goals to trail 4-2 after 8 minutes. 

In the second quarter, Oxy's offense got going, and the Tigers won the period 4-2 to tie the game at 6-6 at half. 

In the second half, the Tigers came up with just two goals in each period and Chapman led for the final 13 minutes of the game.


Season Impact: The Tigers fall to 7-13 and 1-9 in SCIAC.

Chapman improves to 8-13 and 2-7.

Next Game: The Tigers are back in action at Cal Lutheran on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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