Second half run not enough to knock off No. 8 Susquehanna

Second half run not enough to knock off No. 8 Susquehanna

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team despite outscoring the Crusaders of Susquehanna University 6-3 in the second half were unable to bounce back from the 17-5 deficit at the half.

With the loss the Poets drop to 1-7, while Susquehanna remains unbeaten at 5-0. 

Susquehanna and Whittier swapped goals in the opening two minutes of action with the Poets getting theirs from Carolyn Mukai and after a 5-1 run from the Crusaders covering the next eight minutes the Poets responded with a 3-0 run with all of them coming via Lily Baxter being fed by Mukai.  This pulled the Purple & Gold within one at 6-5 at the 14:33 mark forcing Susquehanna to call a timeout. 

But something must have given for the Crusaders during that timeout because they rallied to score eleven unanswered to close out the half going into the break up 17-5. 

Out of the break, the Poets fought furiously back adding six goals of their own, while holding the high powered Susquehanna offense to a mere three.  Mukai and Shaina Denny each added two, while Lily Baxter and Daniella Delledera connected on one, which was an amazing one timer from Denny from ten yards out.

Despite the strong second half surge, the first half deficit was too much overcome as the Crusaders went on to win 20-11.  The Poets were led by Mukai who finished with three goals on four shots, while grabbing four groundballs, forcing three turnovers and collecting seven draw controls.

The Poets return to action next Friday, March 15 when they host Haverford with game time set for 4:30pm.