ORANGE, Calif. – Junior Becka Wachtel scored a career-high six goals to lead the Chapman University women's lacrosse team to a 20-8 victory over undefeated Occidental College on Sunday afternoon at Wilson Field.
Occidental scored twice in the first three minutes of the match to take an early 2-0 lead, but the Panthers responded with an 8-0 run over a 130minute span to take the lead 8-2 at the 15-minute mark. Wachtel scored back-to-back goals for the Panthers on that run and went on to net two more before the end of the half.
In the second half Chapman continued to outscore the Tigers, scoring seven more goals while giving up just three and forcing a running-clock. The Panthers were also a perfect 11-for-11 on clears throughout the entire match.
On the defense, senior goal keeper Tara Sonnemaker improved to 2-0 at the net after recording 13 saves for the Panthers. Freshman Riley Cooke led Chapman's passing game with five assists and Zuppa picked up a game-high four draw-controls.
Up next, Chapman will travel to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, March 4.
by Raquel Rinauro
Sports Information Assistant