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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team spoiled senior day for the Bulldogs of the University of Redlands Sunday afternoon by pulling out a 15-14 victory in overtime to hand Redlands their first loss of the season.
Whittier concludes the regular season 6-10, 2-6 SCIAC and with the win they now clinch a home game in the play in game against Pomona-Pitzer set for Wednesday, April 25 beginning at 7pm.
The win also marks the second time Whittier has beaten Redlands in twelve games since lacrosse originated at Whittier College back in the 2006-07 season. Back in the 2008-09 season Whittier beat Redlands 14-12 in overtime.
Redlands trailed late in the second half by as many as six goals but rallied back to force double overtime, eventually having their comeback efforts fall short as they suffered their first loss of the season during Senior Day at Farquhar Field.
The Poets added the first score of the contest as junior midfielder Carolyn Mukai (Northborough, MA) notched her first of a game-high five goals within the first minute of action. With Redlands struggling to find any tempo on offense, Whittier built a 10-4 lead with 8:22 to go in the first quarter led by sophomore midfielder Shaina Denny (Seal Beach, CA) who rattled off three consecutive goals.
Down by five to start the second stanza, the Bulldogs mounted a comeback opening up the scoring on a 5-1 run getting goals from KK McCaslin (Portland, OR), Ashley Finke (Austin, TX), Aimee Dewan (Alamo, CA), and Jacky Craycraft (Trabuco Canyon, CA) pulling the Bulldogs within two at 11-9.
But Denny again stopped the Bulldog run adding her fourth score of the contest before Bulldog attacker Crystal Painter (Lake George, NY) tallied back to back goals to tie the game up for the first time since the 27:08 mark in the first.
With 1:36 to go in regulation neither team was able to score despite both teams having a look on goal forcing the game into overtime. With both teams fighting in a pair of three minute periods both teams swapped goals with Whittier converting on theirs in the last seven seconds of the first.
Whittier then carried that momentum over into the second stanza getting four shots off on goal but none bigger than freshman midfielder Brooke Winslow (Lafayette, CA) who came up with the game-winning goal with 1:13 to go. Then on the ensuing draw control Whittier held possession in the final minute to preserve the one goal victory.
Between the pipes freshman goalie Nicole Yorba finished with 12 saves against 26 shots, while Mukai led all scorers with five to go with five draw controls. Denny finished the game with four goals on six shots, while grabbing two groundballs.
For the game Whittier controlled the free-position opportunities by posting a 6-for-10 performance, compared to the Bulldogs' 2-for-8 showing.
Redlands remains the No. 1 seed for the upcoming SCIAC Championship Tournament, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Occidental College. The Bulldogs face the winner of the play-in game between No. 4 Whittier and No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, which takes place on Wed. at Whittier.