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March 1, 2013

Tigers win thriller at Chapman, tied for second in SCIAC

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

ORANGE — The Occidental College and Chapman University women's lacrosse teams were just about statistically identical headed into Friday night's SCIAC matchup.

The Tigers had scored 54 goals to the Panthers 53, Oxy had attempted 104 shots to Chapman's 103, and the Tigers were winning 14 draws per game to the Panthers 13.25, just to name a few stat categories where the teams had almost no separation.

It was about as even a matchup as you could get.

But in a clash between two teams vying for second place, Isabel Osgood-Roach (Portland, Ore.) scored to break a 17-17 game and the Tigers held on for the final 5 minutes, 4 seconds to pick up an important road win, 18-17 at Chapman on Friday.

Ironically enough, the teams are now tied for second place in the SCIAC standings at 3-2.

Osgood-Roach's goal ended a 4-0 run by the Panthers (4-2, 3-2 SCIAC) that started with 11:54 to play in the second half.

Neither team led by more than one goal in the first half with the Tigers enjoying a 9-8 lead at the break. In the second, Larson scored five goals in the first 20 minutes, helping Oxy to a 17-13 lead with 12:20 left. Larson now leads the SCIAC with 25 goals.

Then Chapman's Michelle Mendoza, Gabby Smith, Delaine De Beer and Kelsey Mackin all scored for the Panthers to even the game.

Rebecca Belding (Burlingame) scored four goals for the Tigers (4-2, 3-2 SCIAC) and Lauren Wemple (Needham, Mass.) had four assists. Osgood-Roach and Beebe Finch-Sanders (Berkeley) each added three goals.

Victoria Wilkinson led the Panthers with six goals.

Oxy takes a break from SCIAC competition to play five non-conference games starting with St. John Fisher on March 6 at 7 p.m. The Tigers don't return to SCIAC action until April 6 when they host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.