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Tigers tear past Penn State-Behrend at Claremont Convergence

CLAREMONT, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2010) – Over the weekend the Occidental College Tigers earned a 21-8 victory over Penn State-Behrend at the 2010 Claremont Convergence Tournament. Oxy faced tough competition in Harvard University, Fresno Pacific and Division I Santa Clara on the weekend as well.

On Saturday morning in La Verne the Tigers spread out the offense in their 21-goal explosion as all 14 position players scored in the game. Joe Reynolds led the pack with a hat-trick while Conrad Fihn, Greg Benz, Justin Lim and Malcolm Clayton each netted a pair. Tai McDermott handed out a trio of assists and added one goal of his own while drawing two ejections. Brendan Whitmore also drew two ejections and scored a goal.

Kyle Reuther and Scott Churchman split time in front of the cage, recording six saves apiece while each came away with a steal.

The final game of the weekend, Oxy fell 15-3 to Santa Clara. Reynolds, Clayton and Dan Seagren were each responsible for a goal and again McDermott set up two of the three goals earning a pair of assists. Benz was credited with an assist and two drawn ejections.

Reuther and Churchman both got in some time at goalie, turning away a combined 10 Mustangs’ shots.

Opening day of the tournament saw a pair of close games as Oxy dropped game one to Harvard, 12-8, and game two 9-6 to Fresno Pacific.

Against Harvard Richard Dybas scored three goals, dishing out an assist while drawing three ejections to pace the Tigers. Benz drew a team-high four ejections. Josh Kantor found the back of the net twice and also led the defensive effort with three steals. Reuther and Churchman had five saves apiece in the contest.

Game two on Friday afternoon Dybas again led the attack with a pair of goals chipping in with an assist as well. McDermott came away with three steals and drew three ejections for Oxy. Reuther manned the cage throughout and tallied 15 saves, adding a pair of steals.

Occidental (2-12) will play at Taylor Pool for the first time in 2010 on Wednesday evening when they host Vanguard University at 7:00 p.m.

Article by Tracy Maple, Sports Information Director