CLAREMONT — It didn't go according to plan.
The Occidental College women's lacrosse team couldn't continue its SCIAC hot streak, losing at Pomona-Pitzer 9-6 on Wednesday.
The Tigers fall into a second-place with the Sagehens at 7-2 in SCIAC play with one regular season game left on the schedule. Redlands took control of first place in the standings at 8-1 with a win at Chapman.
Oxy is still very much in control of its own destiny in its quest to win its first SCIAC championship. The SCIAC women's lacrosse champion is determined by an accumulation of points, including regular season and postseason games.
The Tigers just couldn't muster up enough offense against the Sagehens. After taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Mary Richardson just more than 1 minute into the contest, Oxy managed just two more scores for the rest of the first half, falling behind 8-3 at the break.
In the second half, Rebecca Belding cut Pomona-Pitzer's lead to 9-6 with a free position goal with 9:02 left and Beebe Finch Sanders won the ensuing draw. But the Tigers didn't score again and the Sagehens were able to hold on for a big win.
Belding finished with a pair of goals and assists. Kirsten Hee made nine saves in goal for the Tigers.
Pomona-Pitzer's Jana London led the game with three goals. Her teammates Sarah Markowitz and Rebecca Long each added two.
Oxy finishes the regular season at Whittier on Saturday at 11 a.m. Pomona-Pitzer finishes the season against Redlands.
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