February 16, 2013

London's Goal Explosion Leads Sagehens Past Occidental

Claremont, Calif. - Junior attacker Jana London (Chevy Chase, Md. - pictured, photo by Bryan Matsumoto) scored seven of her nine goals in the second half as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse team broke into the win column with a 15-12 victory over Occidental on Saturday afternoon at Pomona-Pitzer's South Athletic Complex.

With the win, the Sagehens move to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the SCIAC, while Occidental drops to the same records at 1-2 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Junior midfielder Logan Galansky (Denver, Colo.) and freshman midfielder Ally McLaughlin (Wynnewood, Pa.) each had two goals and two assists for the Sagehens, while freshman attacker Aubrey Douglass (Piedmont, Calif.) had a goal and three assists. Tori Larson and Haley Gandsey had four goals apiece for Occidental.

Occidental closed out the first half with a 5-0 run to take a 6-4 lead into halftime, but the Sagehens came out with renewed life after intermission, scoring 11 goals in the final 30 minutes. London scored two goals 20 seconds apart to tie the score at 6-6 with 27:05 to play. After Gandsey and Larson restored the two-goal lead for the Tigers, the Sagehens went on a 4-0 run with McLaughlin, London, Douglass and Galansky all finding the net, making the score 10-8 with 15:14 to play.

The Tigers bounced back with a Larson goal, but London had two goals in a 3-0 Sagehen run to give Pomona-Pitzer control of the game at 13-9 with 11:36 to go. The Tigers kept battling, though, and answered with a 3-0 run of their own to close within 13-12 with 4:05 remaining.

The Sagehens won a key draw control and killed a couple minutes passing around the perimeter, until London got a step on her defender and burst up the middle for an unassisted goal with 2:08 left to push the lead to 14-12. She added one more for good measure in the final minute to close out the scoring.

Senior goalkeeper Casey Leek (Bucharest, Romania) had 10 saves in goal to get the win for the Sagehens, while Kristen Hee had seven for Occidental. Stats were even across the board, with Occidental holding a narrow 25-24 edge in shots and a 17-15 edge in ground balls.

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts CMS for a 7 p.m. contest at Merritt Field.