Oxy Plays Good Defense Against CMS

Oxy Plays Good Defense Against CMS

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LOS ANGELES — The Occidental women's water polo team played good defense and had a ton of opportunities, but couldn't overcome a tough first quarter in an 11-5 loss against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Taylor Pool on Wednesday.

Oxy's best individual efforts came from goalie Allison Smith, who was dynamite in the cage, and Claudia Oppermann, who was outstanding creating chances with seven drawn exclusions, to go along with an assist and two steals.

"Allison was incredible in the shallow end," Oxy head coach Jack Stabenfeldt said. "She had a few key saves out of center, anticipated well and played good zone defense."

Oppermann was tenacious at both ends, posted up aggressively and played a solid overall game.

After falling behind 4-1, Oxy fought back to keep the score close.

Monica Chernoff was Oxy's leading scorer with three goals and one assist, Lori Berberian had a goal and an assist, and Abigail Lavold scored one goal.

Amelia Ayala led CMS with a team-high three goals.

Season Impact: The Tigers fall to 7-11 and 1-7 in SCIAC.

CMS improves to 5-11 and 3-3.

Next Game: Oxy is back in action on Saturday at Pomona-Pitzer at 11 a.m.

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