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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team snapped their six game losing skid Tuesday evening when they rolled past the Vikings of Berry College 23-12.
Led by junior Shaina Denny who totaled a season, game and career high eight goals on 12 shots, while collecting two groundballs and three draw controls, the Poets saw their first 20 goal effort of the season.
Denny opened up the scoring with three unanswered to put the Poets up 3-0 and then added a man up goal at the 20:53 mark to put the Poets up 4-1.
Berry attempted to fight back pulling within one at 5-4 despite Denny adding her fifth straight goal of the game but that would be the closest the Vikings would get as the Purple & Gold would go on a 7-2 run, which included three straight to close out the half to go into intermission up 12-6. During this run, junior Meesha Robinson came alive tallying four straight goals, while Carolyn Mukai and Denny added the final two goals.
Opening up the second half the Poets offense didn't stop as they opened up a double digit lead at the 21:40 mark when Denny put Whittier up 17-7 after she capped off a 4-0 run with a free position goal. The Vikings continued to fight though going on a 4-2 run to pull within eight but the Poets would again extend their lead back to ten and then to eleven after they finished the game off on a 4-1 run that kept Berry at bay allowing for them to escape with their first victory of 2013.
Between the posts, Nicole Yorba picked up her first win finishing with 17 saves against 29 shots. Robinson and Lily Baxter each finished with four goals apiece, while Mukai collected three. Mukai also had a strong game on the draw controls picking up nine, while hauling in eight groundballs.
For the game the Poets held the advantage in every statistical category including shots (37-35), draw controls (21-15), clears (18-21), and free position shots (4-9) putting together their strongest performance of 2013.
The Poets return to Memorial Stadium when they host Susquehanna this Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm.