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MCLA Div II Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Occidental Men’s Lacrosse 11-10 Victory Over Pepperdine On Jan 28

Pepperdine takes on Occidental College in Los angeles in an exciting SLC division 2 matchup. A close and exciting game to start off the season.

California College Women’s Lacrosse: Occidental Women’s Lacrosse Opens Season With Two Tough Losses To Redlands And Whittier But Remains Optimistic


The women’s lacrosse team took to the field on Wednesday, Feb. 24 as officially-recognized NCAA athletes in a heated conference game against the University of Redlands Bulldogs. Despite the Tigers’ exhilaration over being sponsored by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) for the first time, their enthusiasm and spirit weren’t enough to secure an Oxy victory, and the game ended with a Bulldog win, 18-3.

In the first ever NCAA home women’s lacrosse game, the Tigers came out fired up and put on a spirited performance, before falling 16-12 to the Whittier College Poets.

The Bulldogs took control of the game from the get-go, scoring the first goal four minutes into the first half of the game. Despite the Tigers’ best efforts to reclaim both ball and game, the Bulldogs continued to score, earning five more points before Oxy player Shannon Docherty (senior) managed to secure Oxy’s first goal. Following Docherty’s goal, however, the Bulldogs again took possession of the ball, scoring 10 consecutive goals before half-time, with a lead of 16-1.

The second half of the game didn’t fare much better for the Tigers. Though Oxy managed to score two more goals thanks to players Annie Wolfstone (sophomore) and Isabel Osgood-Roach (first-year), the Bulldogs scored two more goals as well, finishing the game with an 18-3 victory.

Despite Wednesday’s disappointing loss, the Tigers aren’t letting any negativity get the better of them. However, they acknowledge that they’re going to have to work hard if they want to end the season on a high note. “I’m proud of what our team has accomplished thus far, but we all know we have a long way to go,” said player Lucy Vallejo-Anderson (junior). “Yesterday’s game was a bit of a disappointment, because we knew we could have and should have won. But now we know what we need to improve on, and we plan on using the game as a way to make ourselves better individually and as a team.”

Other members of the women’s lacrosse team see Wednesday’s loss as motivation to play each game more aggressively and more urgently than the last, without reservation, hesitation or intimidation.

Several of the Tigers have made it both a personal and a team goal to step up their game each week so that the team’s performance will peak at the end of the season, just in time for the championship games that will determine Oxy’s SCIAC standing.

“Each week we are continuing to improve, and at practice we like to ask ourselves, ‘Could this week’s team beat last week’s team?’ and so far the answer has consistently been ‘yes’,” said player Hilary Olson (sophomore).

The Tigers also stress the importance of team unity in achieving their goals, as the team is only as strong as its weakest player. “The team is starting to function as one [cohesive] unit,” said Olson. “We all get along really well, and I think the friendships off the field have helped translate into cohesion on the field.”

The Tigers’ strength as a team was once again put to the test on Saturday, Feb. 27 in the first ever NCAA women’s lacrosse home game. Oxy hosted the Whittier College Poets on Patterson Field, where the Tigers hoped that support from the Oxy community would amp up their game.

The Poets, however, played harder than the Tigers anticipated, quickly outscoring Oxy 5-1 during the first half of the game. Though the Tigers stepped up to the plate after the Poets’ goals and bore their claws, even scoring an additional five goals while Whittier only scored four, Oxy went into half-time down 9-6.

Momentum favored the Poets during the second half, as the Poets scored three consecutive goals during the first few minutes. Not ones to give up without a fight, the Tigers quickly followed suit, outscoring Whittier 6-4 following the Poets’ initial three goals. Still, the Poets managed to outscore the Tigers overall, and Oxy suffered a 16-12 loss.

Despite Oxy not leaving the field victorious, the scoring margin was much closer than during the Tigers’ previous game, signaling improvement and hopes for a better outcome when the lacrosse team faces off against Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday, March 10.


California College Lacrosse: Former Stanford Coach Michele Uhlfelder Is Hired As Occidental College’s First Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach; Varsity Squad To Play In NCAA Division III

Occidental lacrosseOccidental College Director of Athletics, Jaime Hoffman, announced today that Michele Uhlfelder has been hired on as the first women’s lacrosse head coach in the history of the college. One of two women’s sports added to the

Occidental lacrosse coach Michele Uhlfelder

New Occidental College Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder brings 14 years of Division I coaching experience and over 15 years of playing experience for the U.S.A. National Team and at the University of Maryland. As a four-year starter for the Terps (1987-91) she helped Maryland to National Runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1991, and she was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team twice. She was chosen as the 1991 National Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-America, while served as a team captain her senior year.

 department of athletics during the last two years, lacrosse will join women’s golf to make 21 intercollegiate sports.

Entering the first year of varsity status, Occidental has sponsored a club lacrosse program for a number of years and under the leadership of Uhlfelder and assistant Jacqueline McDevitt the Tigers hope to make a smooth transition.

“There is tremendous excitement within our lacrosse program around competing at the varsity level and all that accompanies that elevation in status,” shared Hoffman. “With Michele’s hire and the quality experience and leadership that she brings, our program has taken a giant leap forward in the lacrosse world. We look forward to enjoying Michele’s relentless pursuit to put Occidental Lacrosse on the map as she has done with both her Stanford squad and every other college and club effort that she had a hand in coaching.” 

Uhlfelder brings 14 years of Division I coaching experience and over 15 years of playing experience for the U.S.A. National Team and at the University of Maryland.  As a four-year starter for the Terps (1987-91) she helped Maryland to National Runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1991, and she was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team twice. She was chosen as the 1991 National Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-America, while served as a team captain her senior year.

As a junior in college, Uhlfelder made the U.S. Squad in 1990 and was a two-time  member of the US World Cup Team. In the 2001 World Cup, she was the third-highest scorer on the gold medal winning American team, ranking sixth among all scorers at the World Cup, and contributing two goals in the 14-8 win over Australia in the title game. Her first World Cup appearance came in 1997 (Tokyo, Japan) when the U.S. won the gold and she earned Player-of-the-match honors versus Canada.

From the field to the sidelines, Uhlfelder easily shifted from player to coach. She spent seven years as an assistant coach at Duke University (1998-2000) and Old Dominion University (1994-1998) before joining the Cardinal as the head coach beginning in 2000.

While at Stanford she wasted no time in transforming the program into a national force, leading the Cardinal to be selected as the first west coast program to crack the top-20. From there she continued to build the program and the success was obvious. In 2006 the squad became the first team from west of the Mississippi to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. She coached six All-Americans at Duke, before leading two Cardinal players to All-American honors in 2006, marking it the first in school history. Part of Uhlfelder’s success came from attacking the building blocks which would make them a national contender–strength of schedule and recruiting.

In league play Stanford won six league titles (2005 and 2006) and she was twice named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Coach of the Year (2004 and 2005), marking the first time since the inception of the league that a coach earned that honor in back-to-back seasons.

Hoffman went on to say, “Michele understands the balance of building a program within a rigorous academic environment; the responsibility to grow the sport in areas where it is relatively underdeveloped (L.A.); and, is anxious to dive in to tackling those two objectives while becoming familiar with Oxy’s small liberal arts campus community”.  

Beyond the collegiate ranks, Uhlfelder has been responsible for promoting the growth of women’s lacrosse nationally. She has run successful camps and developed club programs, which teach lacrosse skills, strategy and technique, as well as raise athleticism and level of player in the country.

Uhlfelder looks to continue her successful coaching this spring and in years to come at Occidental.

“Oxy is a great school, and I am honored to work with the student-athletes, athletic administration, and wonderful people in all parts of the University, to help build the program,” Uhlfelder said.  “I look forward to the challenge, and I am excited to get started. We will strive to build a hard working, athletic, and skilled program that can compete for a SCIAC Championship, and ultimately a bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.”

Uhlfelder went on to say, “There are few other liberal arts colleges that have Oxy’s package of a beautiful hilltop campus, great weather, beaches, and all of the resources of a major nearby city.  Oxy Lacrosse will be a great choice for players who want to thrive at a wonderfully student-focused school and combine the educational and social opportunities of a vibrant city like L.A.  Personally, I look forward to experiencing all that the area has to offer, and at the same time, help lacrosse grow in Southern California.” 

The addition at Occidental also pushes the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to add lacrosse as a league sponsored sport. Oxy joins Whittier College, Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and the University of Redlands in the conference.

Hoffman finished by saying, “We feel fortunate to have landed such a phenomenal coach and person to step into the role as head coach. Our program and Los Angeles lacrosse will surely benefit with the addition of Michele to the Oxy staff.”


Cal State Fullerton Men’s Lacrosse (10-2) Beats Occidental 24-7 And St. Mary’s 14-9 Over Weekend As Southwestern Lacrosse Tournament Approaches

calstatefullertonmenslacrosseThe No.11 Cal State Fullerton lacrosse club won both its games during Spring Break crushing Occidental College 24-7 and defeating St. Mary’s 14-9.

The wins push the Titans record to 10-2 with the Southwestern Lacrosse Tournament approaching.

“We have a lot of momentum going for us right now,” goalie Ozhan Kashkooli said. “We are really confident.”

The Titans resumed practice over Spring Break after blowing out Occidental to prepare for a non-conference match up with St. Mary’s College at CSUF.

The Gaels were looking for the upset early on as they drew first blood scoring the games first goal off of a fast break.

CSUF responded with two goals, but solid defensive play by St. Mary’s slowed down the Titans offensive attack in the first quarter.

St. Mary’s transition game caught the Titans off-guard and allowed the Gaels to put in a couple of easy goals in the second quarter.

“After we gave up some fluke goals, our defense really tightened up,” Kashkooli said

The Titans tempo picked up when attackmen Mike Ansel, Chasen Cameron and JR Grubert woke up the offense as both teams exchanged goals to end the half 7-7.

Ansel finished with five goals and four assists while Cameron and Grubert each added three goals.

Midfielder Kyle Smith continued his dominant face-off play, in addition to sneaking a fall-away goal, denying the Gaels any fast break advantage for the rest of the game.

CSUF took the lead at the start of the second half netting four goals and never looked back.

The Titans had zero penalties in the first half but made a couple of errors in the second, however, the man-down defense continued it’s solid play this season holding off any extra man opportunity.

Defense would prove to be the answer in the second half with goalie Kashkooli stopping 20 shots and only allowing 9 goals in the game.


“Our defense really stepped up,” long-stick midfielfer Rick Martinez said. “All our credit should go to our defense and it all starts with Ozhan. He played great.”

The defense dominated the ground ball play as defensemen Jordan Michaels, Deron Hansen, Ryne Olson and Martinez were vacuums picking up any opportunity.

“In the second half, we started to do exactly what we practiced and because of that we were able to pull away with the victory,” Smith said.

March 27, the Titans traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Occidental Tigers.

Sophomore goalie Patrick Schwarz got the start in net making 13 saves in the game.

Smith dominated the face offs winning 24-of-28, helping jump start a quick fast break that allowed attackman Ansel to score within the first few seconds of play.

“This was probably one of my best games of the season. I did really well in the face-offs and scored three goals but it was a good overall team effort,” Smith said.

Ansel scored five of his 10 goals in the first period.

The defense roughed up a scrappy Tiger offense holding them to four goals in the first half as the high powered Titan offense continued their onslaught taking a commanding 15-4 lead into the half.

Multiple players found the back of the net for the Titans. Senior attackman Jimmy Lin scored three goals and added four assists while fellow attackman Cameron added two goals and two assists.

The Titan bench saw much action in the second half with attackman Brandon McDonald scoring two goals and sophomore Grubert contributed one goal and one assist.

The midfield unit was relentless with Smith scoring three goals, Jesse Luchansky scoring two goals and two assists and Adam Levoy adding a goal.

“We had a lot of goals from a variety of different players,” Smith said.

CSUF outscored Occidental 9-3 in the second half on their way to victory.

“They are a team in the rebuilding stage and we are a team that is already built,” Ansel said.

With the win the Titans improve to 10-2 overall and are ranked the highest of any team in the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference, getting bumped up to No. 11 in the nation.

The Titans continue this Friday at 7 p.m. at Titan Stadium when they take on the Pepperdine Waves in a conference match up that will determine the seeding in the conference tournament.


Occidental College Women’s Lacrosse To Jump To NCAA Division III In 2010

occidentalcollegewomenslacrosseSometimes things don’t make perfect sense, but that isn’t stopping Occidental from shedding its club label in 2010 and joining the varsity ranks. The transition really has no effect on the California WDIA scene, as the Tigers were a bit player, to be generous.



As one looks around the fields at the Santa Barbara Shootout, the premier club programs are on display. National powers like Colorado, Cal Poly, Santa Clara, Michigan and UC Santa Barbara, among others, draw the interest of even the casual women’s lacrosse fan.Whittier, Redlands, Claremont, and Pomona.Claremont, where she played on the Athenas’ first NCAA qualifying team, Huff is still feeling her way around the recruiting circuit.California produces most of her players, New England, Colorado and Baltimore are also feeder areas. “It’s still too early to tell how many we’ve got.”

And all of those teams will be club programs next year.

A little bit later, when the heavyweights have already played, one catches a brief glimpse of the Occidental women’s lacrosse team, a group of 12 players – the minimum to field a team – competing against what amounts to a WDIA junior varsity schedule.

And Oxy will be an NCAA Division III program next spring.

Sometimes things don’t make perfect sense, but that isn’t stopping Occidental from shedding its club label in 2010 and joining the varsity ranks. The transition really has no effect on the California WDIA scene, as the Tigers were a bit player, to be generous.

But Oxy’s emergence gives the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) five programs along with

With seven teams making up an automatic qualifying conference in NCAA D-III, this is obviously a big step for the conference.

But is Oxy ready to make this jump?

“We’ve worked really hard over the last couple of years to get the commitment and get the numbers to a point where our school would be serious about the program,” said Emily Phillips, a junior co-captain for the Tigers. “I’ve seen some of the teams we’re going to be playing next year and we are really going to have to step it up a lot. But I think we’re ready.”

“I’m not sure what to expect because it is really competitive out here in the SCIAC league, but I think we’ve played some pretty good teams and the WWLL is really competitive,” said Nathalie Morrison, another junior co-captain. “I think we’ll be okay when we get some more numbers.”

The players have come to grips with the fact that this may not be an easy transition and there is a competitive leap to be made, but what about the coaching staff?

Through no fault of her own, the current head coach, Herbie Huff, is operating without a net.

Hired to both coach the club program and recruit for next year’s inaugural varsity campaign, Huff has yet to be officially hired as coach for 2010. While she is the presumptive coach, a hiring freeze at Occidental has pushed back an official announcement.

“They haven’t made any guarantees, because then I can get mad,” said Huff, with a slight laugh.

If, or when, Huff finally signs on the dotted line, she’ll be learning on the job. An ’07 graduate of

“I’ve never recruited before, so I don’t know what the typical yield is, but there is definitely a lot of interest and a lot of players in the applicant pool,” said Huff, who said that while

Regardless of the number, the returning club players – all of which are expected to transition to the varsity program – are both excited and expectant of an upgrade in talent from the current team.

“The skill level will be different when the recruits come in and there will be cuts during try-outs,” said Phillips. “There will be a lot of emotional difference for some players and some motivational work to do with them if they don’t get enough playing time next year.”

It may not seem like Occidental has everything in place for a smooth transition to the varsity ranks, but sometimes it’s necessary for a leap of faith. Oxy has definitely done that, perhaps blazing a path for other WDIA program