Comeback Falls Short as Boxers Fall to Oxy in OT

LOS ANGELES, Calif. The Tigers played an aggressive 66 minutes, Thursday night, leading the visiting Boxers in everything from ground balls, draw controls and shots, but most importantly in goals.

The game began with a defensive showdown between both teams. Neither team allowed the opponent to score until almost five minutes into the first half, when Pacific University would find the back of the net. Occidental would score two goals over the next two minutes claiming an early 2-1 lead, halfway through the first stanza.

The Tigers got their third goal of the night on a free position shot by sophomore attacker Lauren Wemple at the 4:06 mark, making it a 3-2 game. But, Pacific would finish out the first half with two more goals to go into the half with a 4-3 lead over the Tigers.

The second half brought with it a Tiger offense that was focused and determined to turn the game around. Sophomore Sarah Kessler would tie up the game 4-4 with an unassisted goal at the 28 minute mark. That goal was followed up with two more Tiger goals by midfielder Tori Larson and Isabel Osgood-Roach, giving the Tigers a 6-4 lead.

Occidental would trade goals with the Boxers over the next seven minutes before Wemple would obtain her hat-trick with back-to-back goals and give the tigers a 9-6 lead with 12 minutes left in regulation.

After Pacific goal at the 10:38 mark, Occidental would demonstrate great ball movement as Rebecca Belding finds the back of the net off of a great assist by Kessler, bringing the Tiger lead back up to three points, 10-7.

The Boxers would go on a 4-0 run, over the next six minutes, tying up the game and then taking over the lead, 11-10, off a free position shot by Natalie Getchell. But, Occidental was quick to respond with a goal of their own by sophomore Haley Gandsey, to make the score 11-11 with less than two minutes in regulation.

Despite opportunities by both teams to end the game in regulation, neither team was willing to let the other score, forcing the Tigers first over-time of the season.

It was clear that the Tigers wanted to end the game as they came out in the first overtime half gaining immediate draw control. Larson would turn the ball over, but redeem herself recovering with a ground ball followed by her fourth goal on the night.

Tiger midfielder Belding would secure her fifth draw control of the night leading to Gandsey's second goal on the night.

After obtaining the two point lead, the Tigers would refuse to look back, securing their win over the visitng Pacific University Boxers.

The Tigers (2-5, 0-1 SCIAC) will host Linfield College on Patterson Field, Saturday March 26 at 1:00 p.m.

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LOS ANGELES - Pacific rallied from three goals down in the second half to force overtime in their southern California game Thursday night, but Occidental came up big in the overtime periods to knock off the Boxers 13-12 in women's lacrosse action at Patterson Field.

After coming out ahead 4-3 after the first 30 minutes, the Boxers (6-2) found themselves trailing the Tigers (2-5) by three goals late in the second half. Natalie Getchell (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) led four goal scoring run for the Boxers with under 10 minutes left to give Pacific an 11-10 lead, but Haley Gandsey scored the tying strike with a minute to go and would later score that became the game-winning goal in the first overtime period.

Getchell and Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) each scored four goals to lead the Boxers, while Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) added three. Tori Larson led Occidental with four goals while Gandsey and Lauren Wemple each tallied three.

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