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ORANGE, Calif. – Chapman University came from behind Wednesday evening for a pivotal 14-10 victory over the Whittier College Poets on senior day.
The previous time these two teams met the Poets were on the opposite end of an 18-8 loss back in February but this time around the Poets came out with a different mentality building off of their last two tight losses to Occidental and Claremont-M-S.
Whittier who has pushed their last three opponents to the edge were unable to hold onto an early lead in last night's match-up as they fell 14-10, which came down to a final push by the Panthers.
Chapman jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but saw their lead evaporate as the Purple & Gold went on a 5-2 run to pull within one at 6-5 at the break. Shaina Denny added the first goal of the run at the 12:29 mark and then chipped in with a goal during a three goal run that followed shortly after led by Carolyn Mukai who added two.
Despite a late goal from Chapman to extend their lead back to two with 4:05 to play, Mukai then responded bringing the Poets within one.
The second half began just as the first half ended, with a goal by each side, but the Panthers found their rhythm quickly as they jumped out to a 10-6 lead eight minutes into the half. The run was once again broken by Denny who added a goal with 20:44 to play that pulled the Poets within three but that's as close as they would get as CU would outscore WC 4-3 over the final seventeen minutes to escape with the victory.
Denny finished the game with four goals on five shots, while collecting an assist. Mukai finished three goals on nine shots but picked up a groundball and had eight draw controls.
Between the posts Nicole Yorba had her best game of the season picking up a season and career high 19 saves against 33 shots with 10 coming in the first half.
Whittier has their final game of their regular season this Saturday, April 20 when they host Pomona-Pitzer at 1:00pm and will also recognize their three seniors who are playing in their final regular season game.