Occidental controlled the tempo Wednesday night and kept Chapman’s women’s lacrosse team in check, winning 15-9.
The loss marked the second loss to Occidental this year, as the Panthers lost to the Tigers 18-12 in February.
“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.”
Occidental held the lead from start to finish, scoring three consecutive goals through the first 10 minutes. 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 midfielders Tessa Oliaro and 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, who scored with only 18 seconds left, extending Occidental’s lead to 7-3.
The Tigers opened the second half with a scoring barrage, scoring three times 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.
“Our chances for making it into the national tournament are weak this season, but we’re focusing on coming together as a unit,” Moore said. “All great teams face challenges, and this year has been a rollercoaster.”
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 travels to Pomona-Pitzer Friday at 11 a.m. for its last away game, before coming home to face Redlands April 16 at 7 p.m.