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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team after falling 20-3 to Occidental College back on February 13 came out firing on all cylinders Wednesday evening giving Oxy a scare after leading 6-5 at the half.
Whittier jumped out in front quickly 17 seconds in with a free position goal from Lily Baxter but added to that getting back to back goals from Shaina Denny and Drew Kuperman that put the Purple & Gold in front 3-0. The Poets implemented a suffering zone early that held the Tigers scoreless for nearly eight minutes until they stopped the drought with two straight from Isabel Osgood Roach and Haley Gandsey that pulled the Black and Orange within one.
Whittier however did not back down and found their offensive spark once more with a goal from Meesha Robinson at the 12:25 mark and then from Denny off of a free position that put Whittier up by three. After an Occidental goal, Whittier would add one more from Baxter that kept the game at a three goal differential but with 2:20 to play Oxy went on a run adding two, which included a two second goal from Rebecca Belding that sent the Poets heading into the half only up by one 6-5.
Out of intermission, Whittier slowed their possessions down and capitalized off of a man up situation at the 24:28 mark to go back up by two but over the next six minutes Oxy would go on a 3-0 run that knotted the game up at seven. Whittier would reclaim the lead on their next possession thanks to Denny who went top shelf past Kristen Hee that put the Purple & Gold in front by one once more. But from there the Tigers would find a spark tallying five straight tying the game up and eventually taking their first lead of the contest with 12:01 to play.
Despite a goal from Carolyn Mukai with 1:12 to play it wouldn't be enough as the Tigers would hold on for the four goal victory.
Between the pipes sophomore Nicole Yorba recorded probably her best game of the season finishing with 13 saves on 26 shots, while offensively Denny finished with four goals on five shots, collecting two groundballs, three draw controls, and forcing a turnover.
Mukai on the evening finished with a goal and two assists along with five groundballs, two draw controls, and four caused turnovers.
Whittier held the advantage on draw controls 12-11 and capitalized on free positions 4-5 compared to Oxy's 4-10 but was outshot on the evening 37-13.
Whittier remains at home for another home contest this Saturday, April 13 when they host Claremont-M-S at 1:00pm.