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April 27, 2013

Oxy ends season in SCIAC Semifinals against Chapman

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

LOS ANGELES — SCIAC leading goal scorer Tori Larson tied for the game-high with four scores and the No. 2 Occidental College women's lacrosse team led for most of the first SCIAC women's lacrosse semifinals on Saturday.

But Abbey Messmer sparked a pair of late-half runs, leading No. 3 Chapman to a 13-10 win over the Tigers (8-10, 6-5 SCIAC) at Jack Kemp Stadium.

The Panthers (14-5, 8-4 SCIAC) advance to the SCIAC Championship to face the winner of No. 1 Redlands and No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Redlands Saturday night.

Oxy finishes its 2013 season one game short of returning to the SCIAC Championship for a second consecutive year.

Larson, who increased her goal total to 42, gave Oxy a 4-2 lead with a pair of unassisted goals in the first 17 minutes of the first half and a 10-9 lead with two more goals in the second half with 16:15 left.

Each time Chapman answered.

Messmer started a 3-0 run, scoring twice to tie the game at seven heading into the locker room and then capped a 4-0 run with two more goals, giving the Panthers a three-goal cushion with 5 minutes left.

Kelsey Mackin, who finished with three goals, started the second-half streak, finishing a pass from Messmer from the left side of the cage.

Oxy's Lauren Wemple had a game-high three assists.

Chapman goalie Anajali Thota made seven saves.

Rebecca Belding had a game-high five ground balls for the Tigers and Lauren Mah led the Panthers with four.