Poet’s comeback falls short; Fall to Sagehens

Poet’s comeback falls short; Fall to Sagehens

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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team dropped their second straight game and second straight SCIACA contest as their comeback fell short falling to the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer 26-18.

Whittier drops to 0-2, 0-2 SCIAC, while Pomona improves to 1-1, 1-1 SCIAC.

Without starting goalie Nicole Yorba between the pipes who was out due to a back sprain, fellow freshman Carlin Ober who joined the team yesterday stepped into the starting goalie roll and collected 10 saves in her first action of the season.

It was a lot to ask of the freshman especially when you're trying to stop Martha Marich who finished with 11 goals and 11 draw controls for the Sagehens proving to be a nuisance on both ends of the field for the Poets.

Pomona jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind Martha Marich's back to back to back goals but Whittier got on the scoreboard cutting the deficit to two after Brooke Winslow and Shaina Denny found the back of the goal within 1:00 of each other.

Pomona then extended their lead to 8-3 until the Poets rattled off four straight goals to get within two at 9-7 behind two goals from Carolyn Mukai who finished with five goals, an assist, three ground balls and two draw controls on the day.

Whittier continued to play catch-up throughout the rest of the first half as they maintained the three goal deficit but got down by six with 2:14 remaining in the first half.  But Whittier didn't go away as they scored three goals to close out the half from Mukai, Winslow, and Drew Kuperman to cut the deficit to three 14-11 going into the break.           

Coming out of the half Whittier exploded for seven goals with four of them coming in the first 10:00 helping them tie the game up at 15-15 giving them life and optimism, but that was short lived as Pomona opened the game up with four straight goals to extend the lead to 19-15. 

Whittier added another to cut the deficit to three yet again but that's as close as they would get as Pomona tacked on the last five goals of the contest to roll to the 26-18 victory.

The Poets still search for their first victory on the season as they host the University of Redlands on Saturday, February 25 beginning at 1pm.