LOS ANGELES — The Occidental women's lacrosse team was balanced on offense and stingy on defense as it improved its best start in program history with an easy 18-4 win over Saint Joseph's (Me.) at Jack Kemp Stadium on Tuesday.
The Tigers move to 6-0 overall and are 5-0 with one round of SCIAC play in the books.
Tori Larson led Oxy with three goals and Mackenzie Wright, Mary Richardson, Alessandra Quaroni, Rebecca Belding, Rebecca Reese, Alida Beck and Brita Loeb each had two. Abbey Williams also scored for the Tigers.
Belding dished out a game-high four assists.
But the more impressive performance was Oxy's defense, particularly in transition. The Tigers held Saint Joseph's (Me.) to 5 for 17 on clear attempts, often turning the Monks mistakes into offense at the other end.
"Our last three opponents we held to single digits so that was definitely our goal today," Oxy head coach Stephanie Janice said. "We knew they had some good dodgers so we were just looking for good 1v1 play. We were really getting into a rhythm on defense and six games into the season they're really thinking one play ahead."
Fowler forced four turnovers and snatched up three ground balls.
Belding and Loeb each had five draw controls.
Cassie Diplock led the Monks with three goals.
The Tigers didn't allow a score until Lizzy Calnan found the net with 8:19 remaining in the first half and Oxy took a 12-1 lead into halftime.
Oxy returns to action on Wednesday against Franklin & Marshall at 5 p.m.
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