Tigers on all teams look to finish their spring seasons strong

Jack Kemp Stadium at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Oct. 1, 2021. Lucy Krause/The Occidental

As we head into the second half of the semester, Occidental’s spring athletes are looking to finish their seasons strong. The stats show that the Tigers have been working hard on and off the field to play to the best of their ability.

The Occidental men’s and women’s golf teams participated in the Cal Lutheran Invitational the weekend of March 14–15, where the men’s team took first place and the women’s team took second place overall. Men’s co-captain Jack Moeller (senior) and women’s team member Maya Ghosh (sophomore) both contributed to their team’s victory, with Moeller placing fourth individually and Ghosh tying for second individually. The women’s team will compete in the UC Santa Cruz Invitational this coming weekend, March 25-27, and the men will play their next match against Westmont College April 4.

The women of Occidental’s lacrosse team are powering their way through an intense season, with their current standing at 3-3 wins to losses. The team most recently played University of Redlands March 19, where they fought until the end but lost by one point during overtime. This past weekend the team also honored the birthday of former teammate Zoe Nussbaum ’18, who passed away last year. To celebrate Nussbaum, teammates decorated the sidewalk outside of Jack Kemp with chalk art, put photos in her old locker and wore special jerseys with her initials on the back.

The men’s tennis team is looking strong this season with a current standing of 4-2 wins to losses. The women’s tennis team has a slightly lower standing so far this season, but they’re still fighting hard on the court as they navigate their first season back since being sent home for COVID. Both teams will play matches against Pomona-Pitzer April 1, with the women on Occidental’s home court.

Things are going well for the boys of Tiger baseball after they had a high-scoring 16-5 win this past weekend against Whittier College. During the game, first baseman and recent Athlete of the Week Ari Solomon (junior) led the team with three hits, and pitcher Caleb Reyes went five innings without allowing any runs from the other team. This coming weekend the team will face off against the University of La Verne in a two-day series with a home game on March 25, and an away double header on March 26.

Also at the plates this semester is the Occidental softball team, which hopes to come out of a losing streak as they head into a busy week of games. The team will face off against Willamette University March 23, and will play a double header against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps March 25. All of those games will be played at home, convenient for those wanting to support the Tigers in person.

The women’s water polo team hopes to improve their current standing of 7-11 wins to losses, and to turn the tide this week during their game against CalTech March 23. Catch the team’s next home games March 26 in a double header where they will take on both Cal Lutheran University and Ottawa University.

The track and field teams most recently hosted the Oxy Distance Carnival, March 12, where the Tigers were given the opportunity to compete against non-SCIAC schools. Multiple athletes achieved personal bests, with many also placing in the top 10 in their respective events. Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in the upcoming Bob Larsen Distance Invitational at UCLA this weekend March 25–27, and are also looking ahead to the SCIAC Multi-Dual #2 meet April 1.

To stay updated on this semester’s sports events and stats, follow along on the Occidental athletics website or follow @oxyathletics on Instagram.