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Holly Shankle had nine saves for the Athenas (photo by Eva Fernandez)
Holly Shankle had nine saves for the Athenas (photo by Eva Fernandez)

CMS Women's Lacrosse Pulls Away for 25-13 Win over Occidental

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Alex Futterman had a career-high 11 points on six goals and five assists as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's lacrosse team broke open a 16-12 game with nine straight goals and captured a 25-13 win over Occidental on Saturday at Zinda Field.

With the win, CMS moves to 9-4 overall and 7-2 in the SCIAC with three games left to play, while Occidental slips torter 6-6 overall and 3-4 in league play with the loss. 

Bella Lynch and Olivia Carey each added five goals and two assists for the Athenas, who had a season-high in goals on the day. Holly Shankle had nine saves in the second half, while Kendall Chapko had six in the first half. 

CMS got off to a quick start and led 9-2 after a 5-0 run that saw two goals and an assist from Carey, as well as goals from Futterman, Lynch and Emma Merk. However, CMS couldn't put the Tigers away and settled for a 13-8 lead at the half on a goal from Lynch with 12 seconds left. 

The teams traded goals in the third quarter for a little while, with Occidental closing to within 14-10, 15-11 and 16-12. Rachel Leonardi scored to make it 17-12, and the Athenas closed out the third quarter with three goals in the last 42 seconds, with Emme McMullen scoring off a Lynch feed, Carey scoring an unassisted goal, and Lynch finishing it off with a goal off a Futterman feed with two seconds left to stretch the lead to 20-12. 

CMS keot the run going in the fourth quarter, with Tessa Guerra scoring once and Carey and Lynch adding two to make it a 25-12 lead, before Occidental broke the run with 20 seconds left to make the final score 25-13. 

The Athenas will be back in action on Wednesday night for a road game at Redlands at 7 p.m.