Players of the week

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Bryan Scott

In Saturday night’s game against Cal Lutheran, Occidental quarterback Bryan Scott (sophomore) passed for 316 yards, tallying his second best mark of the season behind his 419 yards against La Verne.

Scott came out strong in the first half, connecting twice with wide receiver Sam Stekol (senior) in the first quarter and once with wide receiver Sam Crizer (senior) in the second quarter. Despite obstacles from the Kingsmen defense in the second half, Scott was still able to find Stekol in the third quarter and running back Kwame Do (junior) in the fourth quarter for a total of five touchdowns.

“We prepared all week for a great rivalry game and we fought really hard,” Scott said. “I am surrounded by great players and they have helped me all year have the success that I have had.”

As the team’s leading receiver, Stekol has had consistent interaction with Scott’s game play throughout the season. According to Stekol, Scott’s maturity has grown immensely throughout the season.

“He was thrown into a high-pressure situation as a freshman and just keeps impressing everyone,” Stekol said. “Sometimes I forget he’s only a sophomore because he plays at such a high level and loves the game so much.”

Lianne McKinney

Lianne McKinney (first-year) burst onto the scene when the Occidental men’s and women’s swim and dive team opened their season at the Redland’s Pentathlon this past Saturday. The Pentathlon is an individual meet where each swimmer competes in the 100 butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley.

McKinney, a sprint and fly specialist, was the top performer for the Tiger women in the butterfly, freestyle and individual medley. Her total time of 5:30.14 earned her 17th place in a field that included SCIAC schools as well as Concordia Irvine, Azusa Pacific and even Division I University of San Diego.

McKinney hails from El Cerrito, Calif. and is one of the five first-years in a highly anticipated recruiting class for the women’s side. She has the opportunity to help replace the production of Caroline Chang ’14 throughout the winter season, and Saturday’s performance was an indication that she may be headed in that direction.

“I felt like the meet this weekend was a good start and a good base for me to build off,” McKinney said. “I’m really excited to see everyone swim their events later in the season.”

McKinney and the Tigers will return to the pool next Saturday at the SOKA Invitational at 10 a.m.