Sewanee pulls away late for 18-14 victory over Whittier

Sewanee pulls away late for 18-14 victory over Whittier

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team fought all night but had their comeback fall short as Sewanee held on late for the four goal victory 18-14 Wednesday evening.

The Poets drop to 2-7 while Sewanee improves to 6-2.

A combined 15 goals were scored in the first half opened up by an early 3-0 run by the Tigers until Shaina Denny broke up the run with an unassisted goal at the 26:36 mark.

After another Mallory Grimm goal Whittier tacked on two more from Lily Baxter and Raquel Damti to cut the Tiger lead to two.  After Sewanee added a goal in the seventeenth minute Carolyn Mukai answered with her first goals of the contest to pull the Poets within one followed by the equalizer from Amiya Moretta who tied the game up at 6-6.

Less than a minute later Sewanee scored the goal ahead goal for the second time of the game but had it followed up by yet another game tying goal from Whittier's Tiffany Reyes who was found cutting through the middle from Mukai.

With this late goal the Poets only trailed by one at 8-7 going into the break.

Coming out of intermission Whittier added a quick goal from Baxter that tied up the game for the third time at 8-8 until the Tigers added back to back goals to go ahead once again by two. 

But Baxter again answered for the Poets and cut the Tiger lead to one but again back to back goals from Sewanee again extended their lead back to three.  This ended up being a recurring theme in the game as Damti added a goal followed by two goals from Sewanee until Denny added back to back goals for herself capped off by a free position goal that pulled the Poets within two at 14-12.

But the comeback fell short as Sewanee rattled off three unanswered to extend their lead to five a lead they would not give up despite Mukai's and Damti's goals in the final two minutes of play.

Between the pipes Nicole Yorba finished with 12 saves, while Damti and Mukai each finished with three goals and five groundballs a piece. 

The tigers were led by Molly Arnold and Grimm who each finished with four goals.    

The Poets finish their five game home stand and return to the field as they begin their spring break trip to Oregon and Washington next week where they will take on:

Tuesday, March 27 vs. Puget Sound @ 6:00pm

Thursday, March 29 vs. Linfield @6:00pm

Friday, March 30 vs. Pacific University @ 2:00pm