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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team held on Sunday morning for a 16-13 victory over the Loggers of Puget Sound improving to 2-8 on the season.
In what was a tight match up to the very last whistle went the Poets way as they tallied three unanswered to close out the game that propelled them to the three goal victory.
The Poets jumped out in front quickly 2-0 with goals from Meesha Robinson and Lily Baxter and then extended their lead to 5-2, which included a man down goal from Mukai. But the Loggers remained around despite falling behind 7-3. Puget Sound would get back to back goals from Julia Schulman to pull within two but the Purple & Gold responded with three in a row from Mukai, Drew Kuperman, and Baxter to again go back up by five.
With under four minutes to play the Loggers made one final push heading into the half adding three of their own to once again pull within two at 10-8.
Out of the break, the Loggers and Poets swapped goals in the first nine minutes before PS tied the game up at 12 with two straight from Schulman and Maddie Soukup at the 13:13 mark. After a man up goal from Tiffany Reyes, the Loggers once more knotted the game up at thirteen thanks to a man down goal from Schulman but that's as close as they would get as the Poets defense stood strong holding them scoreless over the final 10 minutes.
Mukai on the morning finished with a team high six goals and six assists, which is her season high to go with six groundballs, four draw controls, and six caused turnovers. Baxter finished with four goals on five shots and collected two assists, while grabbing four draw controls and two caused turnovers.
For the Loggers, Schulman finished with a game high seven goals on 12 shots to go with one assists.
Whittier has the week off and will return from Spring Break on Friday to begin preparing for their final non-conference matchup with Linfield on Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00pm.