THE OCCIDENTAL WEEKLY
October 5, 2011 - 9
SPORTS IN BRIEF Volleyball (7-2 overall, 0-0 SCIAC)
Football (2-1 overall, 1-0 SCIAC) Fresh off their bye-week, the football team traveled to Whittier College on Oct. 1 for the 68th “Battle of the Shoes.” Led by Wes McDaniel (senior), who rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, the Tigers left Whittier with an impressive 31-17 victory. It was the first SCIAC game of the season for Occidental and marked the ninth time they brought home The Shoes out of the last 10 matchups with Whittier. In addition to McDaniel’s ground attack, quarterback Luke Collis (senior) recorded 250 yards and two touchdowns through the air, completing 24 of 36 attempts. The Tigers will look to continue their winning ways in the SCIAC division as they host the University of LaVerne on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country The Pomona-Pitzer Invitational was a solid step for the women of Occidental as seven runners set new personal records to bring the team to a fifth place finish. Sierra Walker (junior) finished first for Occidental and 25th overall. National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school Cal State San Marcos won the event and the only SCIAC team to finish ahead of the Tigers was 26-ranked Whittier College.
The Tigers stormed into Texas at the Trinity National Invitational eager to boost their win column and did just that as they knocked off some top-ranked opponents. On Friday, the girls beat the hosts and number 23 ranked Trinity University before sweeping Texas Lutheran 3-0 the very same day. Logan Boyer-Hase (junior) led the team in kills with 28 on that day, 16 against Trinity and 12 against Texas Lutheran. Meanwhile Jesse Altman (sophomore) registered 36 assists. The team took on two more games Saturday, beating 10th ranked Southwestern, then narrowly losing to seventh ranked St. Thomas from Minnesota. They continue their SCIAC play on Friday, Sept. 23 at Pomona-Pitzer and take on Chapman and Caltech on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1:00 and 6:00, respectively.
Men’s Cross Country Eric Kleinsasser (senior) led the cross country team to a second-place finish at the UC Riverside Invitational. His victory over a field of 139 runners was another great accomplishment for the senior. Colin Smith (first-year) was next for Occidental, finishing 11th overall, followed by Sebi Devlin-Foltz (senior) who finished 23rd and Will Hollingsworth (senior) who finished 26th. For the women, Megan Lang (junior) finished first for Occidental, 38th overall, with a time of 18:46. Anna Dalton (senior) finished not far behind Lang with a time of 18:55. This was Lang’s second race as Occidental’s first-place runner. Both teams will run again at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Oct. 1.
Courtesy of Wendy Hansbrough Running back Wes McDaniel tries to scurry away from Whittier defensive back Travis Driskell’s tackle near their endzone.
Men’s Water Polo (1-10 overall, 0-0 SCIAC)
Women’s Soccer (3-5 overall, 3-2 SCIAC)
Men’s Soccer (2-7 overall, 2-4 SCIAC)
After a long wait, the Tigers recorded their first win of the season at the Lancer Invitational, toppling Riverside College 14-11. Despite losing their previous nine matches and one earlier that day to Fresno Pacific University, the hungry Tigers fought and were determined to come out of the weekend with a victory. Brendan Whitmore (senior) led the way as his game high five goals gave Occidental the offensive boost they needed. Joe Reynolds (junior) chipped in with three goals, as the team held off a fierce comeback in the final quarter. The men play again at the Convergence Tournament Oct. 7.
In a high scoring affair, the women fell at home against Pomona-Pitzer on Sept. 28 . Despite going down 4-1 midway through the second half, the Tigers mounted a furious comeback to bring it to 4-3 with two minutes to go, but failed to find the tying goal in the closing seconds. The girls were undone by a goal less than three minutes into the game, but goals by Elissa Minamishin (sophomore), Whitney Roline (junior), and Alex Nicholson (junior), made for an interesting score line. The loss brought the Tigers to .500 in SCIAC play at 2-2. The girls again took the field on Oct. 1 against Whittier College and made virtually no mistakes. In the highest scoring match of the year, the Tigers routed the Poets 5-0 in front of the home crowd. Alex Nicholson (senior) opened the scoring after 20 minutes, taking a pass from Minamishin and beating the goalkeeper with a low bouncing shot. This seemed to open the floodgates and despite giving Whittier a handful of chances, Occidental went into halftime up 2-0 after Minamishin scored. The Tigers did not let up in the second half. Midfielder Kellee Murayama (senior) added a third before both Nicholson and Minamishin grabbed one more apiece to seal the deal for the Tigers who improve to 3-2 in conference play. The women travel to Cal Lutheran on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
As the Tigers looked to bounce back from two straight losses, Pomona-Pitzer shocked Occidental with an early goal on Sept. 28. The Sagehens took the lead within the first four minutes of the game, and that goal ultimately proved to be the difference as the final score remained 1-0. The Tigers’ best chance came when Ben Murray (junior) slipped through the Pomona-Pitzer defense, only to see his chip shot sail over the crossbar. Goaltender Andrew Larkin (senior) gave a solid performance, registering seven saves in the contest. The Sagehens out matched the Tigers in the shots department 14-9 and Occidental fell to 2-3 in SCIAC play. On Oct. 1, the men traveled to Whittier College in search of another SCIAC victory. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were not able to match Whittier’s tempo and fell to the poets by a final score of 2-1. The Tigers fell behind 2-0 early in the game before Will Moseley (senior) gave them a glimmer of hope and scored off a cross pass from Murray with just 7 minutes left in the game. Zoe Johnson (first-year) picked up a red card following a scuffle and was ejected from the match. The Tigers did not have enough time to overcome his abscence and were out-shot 12-5 on the day. Occidental will next play on Oct. 5 when they host Cal Lutheran at 4 p.m.
Courtesy of Wendy Hansbrough Running back Wes McDaniel rushed for 167 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Tiger’s victory against Whittier.
(2-5 overall, 2-2 SCIAC)
(11-5 overall, 4-1 SCIAC)
Oct. 1: 37-17 win over Whittier
Sept. 30: 3-1 win over Whittier Oct. 1: 3-1 loss to CMS
Oct. 8: Versus La Verne, 7:00 pm
Oct. 7: Versus Pomona-Pitzer, 7:30 pm Oct. 11: At Chapman, 7:30 pm
(3-5 overall, 3-2 SCIAC)
(2-7 overall, 2-4 SCIAC)
Sept. 28: 4-3 loss to Pomona-Pitzer Oct. 1: 5-0 win over Whittier
Sept. 28: 1-0 loss to Pomona-Pitzer Oct. 1: 2-1 loss to Whittier
Oct. 5: At Cal Lutheran, 7:00 pm
Oct. 5: Versus Cal Lutheran, 4:00 pm Oct. 8: Versus Cal Tech, 11:00 am Oct. 9: Versus Santa Cruz, 1:00 pm
M. Water Polo Cross Country
(1-10 overall, 0-0 SCIAC) Oct. 1: 13-7 loss to Fresno Pacific 14-11 win over Riverside Oct. 2: 11-9 loss to Chapman
Oct. 1: Pomona-Pitzer Invitational Men: 3rd Place Finish Women: 5th Place Finish
Oct. 7-8: Convergence Tournament
Oct. 15: SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet
The Occidental Weekly, Volume 132, Issue 4