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WHITTIER, Calif. – On a sunny day in Whittier, Calif. with temperatures reaching into the low 80's, the Whittier college women's lacrosse team fell 14-12 to the Fords of Haverford College dropping their second straight.
Haverford who was coming off of a 10-9 victory over Occidental were pushed to the brink by the Purple & Gold who were led by Shaina Denny who tallied a game high six goals on 11 shots.
Whittier opened up the scoring with the first goal of the game 50 seconds in from Meesha Robinson who was fed in the lane from Carolyn Mukai. The Poets and Fords would exchange goals over the next 12 minutes combining for eight goals. During this stretch the Poets received goals from Denny (2), Robinson, and Mukai.
But at the 17:00 mark the Fords began pulling away with a 5-0 run that put them up by four 9-4. Denny stopped the run with 6:24 to play in the first half but that would be the last offense Whittier would find as Haverford would wrap up the first half with three unanswered to go into intermission up 12-6.
The second half proved different as the Purple & Gold came out firing on all cylinders out scoring the Fords 6-2. They added the first two goals out of the break from Robinson and Denny to pull within four and despite seeing Haverford break the run with two of their own the Poets would rally to score the final four goals of the game with two of the four being free position shots.
But the second half run would run short as Whittier would turn the ball over with 20 seconds to play allowing Haverford to escape with the two goal victory.
Whittier was led by Denny who finished with six goals and two groundballs, while Mukai finished with an impressive all around game with three goals, two assists, four groundballs, 10 draw controls, and three caused turnovers.
The Poets take part in their final game prior to Spring Break this Sunday, March 17 when they host Puget sound at 11:00am.