Chapman’s women’s lacrosse team dropped back-to-back games, guaranteeing a losing record in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play.
Chapman (4-9, 2-6 SCIAC) lost to Pomona-Pitzer (13-2, 6-2) and Occidental (10-3, 7-1), losing 15-9 and 16-6 respectively.
“I don’t think our offense was executing the right plays,” said junior attack Michelle Mendoza. “Their offense found ways to break our defense down and found ways to become open and make easy goals.”
On Wednesday, Occidental held the lead from start to finish. Chapman did not get on the scoreboard until sophomore midfielder Allison Camp found the back of the net with 14:11 left in the first half.
The Panthers scored back-to-back goals when sophomore attack Kylee Moore, assisted by freshman midfielder Tessa Oliaro, and freshman midfielder Gretchen Rodenberger found the net, bringing the score to 5-3.
“Doing the little things right and doing them consistently is essential at this level, and we’re only shooting ourselves in the foot when we don’t,” Moore said. “Tonight we lacked team cohesion and energy.”
The Tigers finished off the first half scoring back-to back goals by Beebe Finch Sanders and Alida Beck, extending Occidental’s lead to 7-3.
Occidental opened the second half with a scoring barrage, with three goals in the first five minutes.
Chapman’s offense tried to fight back, scoring five consecutive goals, three from sophomore midfielder Brooke Martini, one from senior attack Allie Kontny and one from Rodenberger.
Senior goalkeeper Kara Podesta finished with eight saves, as the Panthers were out-shot 27-16, but won the battle for possession with 15 draw control wins versus 11 for Occidental.
“This season is very similar to last year’s, since we lost two games to Occidental. There is still a lot of potential for us. We just have to get the next one,” Mendoza said.
Chapman’s woes continued Saturday in its loss to Pomona, despite Chapman jumping out to a 3-0 lead early in the first half
“In the first few minutes we were up by three, but not having one of our coaches here as well as players Martini and Kontny made an impact and was an obstacle throughout the game,” Mendoza said.
Chapman was unable to protect its early lead, getting outscored 8-1 in the rest of the half.
“We had a lot of teamwork and great communication, which was a major factor,” said junior defender Annie Schatz from Pomona-Pitzer. “During the beginning of the first half we weren’t awake yet, but then we came together and really got into the game.”
Chapman’s defense struggled as the Sagehens scored the next six goals to take a 10-goal lead, their largest of the game.
“They handled it better on offense, they were spreading out and making shots more easily,” said sophomore defender Alessandra Porfido.
Podesta finished with eight saves, and the Panthers were outshot by the Sagehens 28-16.
“Our team lacked communication with re-defending. We also got tired, so our defense wasn’t so great,” said freshman attack Dillan Watts.
The Panthers will be ending the season with their pink ribbon game and senior night at 7 p.m. April 19, against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on their home field.