Players of the week

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Beebe Finch Sanders

The Occidental women’s lacrosse team took to the road last week and earned two victories in Colorado. Co-captain and midfielder Beebe Finch Sanders (senior) led the Tigers to wins in both of their games—a 10-8 win against Haverford College on Tuesday and 13-11 on Friday against Colorado College.

With three goals and five draw controls against Haverford and four goals, two assists and four draw controls against Colorado, Finch Sanders demonstrated her many capabilities on the field this past week.

“This was our first time traveling to another state to play lacrosse and our team really brought our A-game,” Finch Sanders said. “Personally, I just had the determination and energy to leave everything out on the field—I didn’t want to leave Colorado without two wins.”

Teammate Alida Beck (senior) also spoke to Finch Sanders’ success and work on the field.

“She played with a lot of heart and a lot of pride in Colorado, showing that Southern California lacrosse should not be overlooked in the national conversation,” Beck said. “She was fearless, relentless and a force to be reckoned with and I cannot wait to see her tear it up the rest of this season.”

With five SCIAC and three non-conference games left in the season, the team and Finch Sanders have plenty more games to showcase these skills.

“The beginning of our SCIAC season didn’t go as well as we wanted, but I’m super excited to see how the rest of the season plays out after we have demonstrated to ourselves and our coaches that we have what it takes to win SCIACs this year,” Finch Sanders said.

Jake Chambers

The men on Occidental’s baseball team tallied two wins and three losses last week. First baseman and transfer Jake Chambers (sophomore) was consistently strong for the Tigers during these games.

Chambers left the week with a solo home run in the game against Ithaca College, a grand slam against Rutgers-Newark and a total of six RBIs in the last five games.

“Knowing all the potential difficulties that assimilating into a new team could cause, I believe a huge part of my performance has to be credited to my teammates and coaches,” Chambers said. “As far as this week and the at bats I put together, all the credit goes to Coach Luke Wetmore, Coach Jesse Rodgers and my teammate, Derek Sun.”

Chambers credits his game play and success to his coaches due to the techniques they taught him and the extra effort and hours they put into instructing their players. He also speaks highly of Sun (first-year) and humbly places the spotlight on all those around him.

“Most people wouldn’t know this, but pitchers tend to get into rhythms and have tendencies about what they throw and in what order and Derek works really hard figuring out these tendencies,” Chambers said. “[Sun and Coach Rodgers] work allows me to make a plan of how I will attack each pitcher I face.”

Senior captain and ace Joe Kling (senior) also had positive things to say about Chambers’ week on the field.

“He had a really good approach at the plate this week and saw the ball really well,” Kling said. “He put in a lot of work for preparation for the games and is a phenomenal player.”