Occidental sticks Fort Lewis lax with its first loss

The Fort Lewis College women’s lacrosse team experienced its first loss of the season Thursday night in Los Angeles, then lost 23-9 to Claremont Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, Calif., on Friday.

The Skyhawks (2-1) lost a 12-9 decision to Occidental, which won its fifth consecutive game.

“It was just a game where we kind of shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times. We committed 22 turnovers to just 12 for them,” second-year Fort Lewis head coach Kelsey MacDonald said in a news release.

“Our transition from defense to offense was just not there. Occidental had a very well-disciplined team, and their defense was really good. We just couldn’t pull it out.”

Tori Larson scored a game-high six goals on just nine shots for Occidental (5-1), a third-year program.

Fort Lewis scored first, just two minutes into the game.

Occidental answered with three consecutive goals.

Fort Lewis cut the lead to one goal on three occasions, but the Tigers answered each time.

The Skyhawks pulled within a goal for the final time after Jessica Norby scored twice to make it 8-7 with 18:42 to play in the second half. Occidental immediately scored twice to push the lead to 10-7.

Kylie Smith and Brook Wineland scored for the Skyhawks down the stretch to trim the lead to 12-9, but Fort Lewis would get no closer.

The Skyhawks dominated draws, topping Occidental 16-7. But Fort Lewis had 22 turnovers in the loss.

Shelby Wichkoski (0-1) started in goal for the Skyhawks for the second game in a row and made six saves.

Norby and Smith each scored twice for the Skyhawks. Amanda Cawker, Kathryn Dunn, Abby Kvidera, Ally Kvidera and Wineland also scored for FLC.

Abby Kvidera led FLC on Friday night with four goals.

Fort Lewis will play Adams State on March 21 in Alamosa in its Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association opener.