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February 23, 2013

Belding leads Oxy in non-conference rout

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director


LOS ANGELESRebecca Belding (Burlingame) scored a game-high four goals, Kirsten Hee (Vancouver, Wash.) made eight saves and the Occidental College women's lacrosse team dominated after a shaky first 15 minutes, beating Augustana (IL) 16-4 at Jack Kemp Stadium in the team's first non-conference game of the season.

Belding and Tori Larson (Denver, Colo.) each had a pair of goals during a 6-0 run that lasted the last 10 minutes of the first half, and then Belding put in two more during a 7-0 second-half stretch to close the game.

Oxy fell behind 2-0 and didn't score until Haley Gandsey (Oakland) found Lauren Wemple (Needham, Mass.) with 16:47 left in the first. Behind two goals from Emily Pavlik and one from Christina Letmanski, the Vikings led 3-2 up until Larson started Oxy's first-half run with a goal in transition to tie the game at three with 9:57 on the clock.

Then as Oxy's offense got rolling, Hee, Kristen Feinberg (Haverford, Pa.), Emily Fowler (Palo Alto) and the rest of the Oxy defense held strong, giving up just one more goal for the rest of the game.

Charlotte Bromley (Watertown, Conn.) had a game-high six ground balls and Feinberg snatched up five.

Gandsey finished with three goals, Larson had three and Wemple had a goal and two assists.

Nattali Shelton scored Augustana's only second-half goal with 27:55 on the clock.

It was a physical game on both sides. Belding, Gandsey and Mary Richardson (Marblehead, Mass.) all received yellow cards for the Tigers (3-2) and Letmanski, Cori Duncan and Kelly Molloy were call cautioned for the Vikings (0-1).

Oxy heads to Chapman for an important SCIAC game on March 1 before taking the rest of March off from conference play to compete against teams visiting California from colder climates.