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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Panthers of Chapman University spoiled the Whittier College women's lacrosse home opener Wednesday evening as a big second half run was not enough to upend CU in a 17-10 loss.
A week after totaling just four goals against Pomona-Pitzer, the Poets came out offensively tallying ten goals with five coming in each half.
Led by junior captain Lily Baxter (Phoenix, AZ) who finished with a game high five goals on five shots to go with three draw controls, the Poets were still unable to come from behind to knock off Chapman despite holding the Panthers to just six goals in the second half.
After a gruesome first half where CU tallied 11 goals, Whittier stormed back in the second to hold the opposition to just six goals, while adding five themselves, which included the final three goals of the contest from Rachel Lansner (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Jess Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.), and Baxter.
Chapman opened the game with six unanswered, with two coming on man-up situations. Whittier stopped the bleeding at the 16:20 mark with a goal from Baxter being fed by senior Shaina Denny (Seal Beach, Calif.), which was then followed by another goal from Baxter three minutes later but Chapman would respond with three straight to extend their lead to 10-2. Whittier would however put together one final run in the last five minutes scoring three of the final four goals of the half from Denny, Baxter, and Rebekah Delledera (Livermore, Calif.) to bring the Purple & Gold within six at the break.
Out of the half, Delledera connected quickly two minutes in capitalizing on a free position going top shelf that pulled the Poets within five, but Chapman once again would go on another run scoring five of the next six goals to move the score to 17-7, which was a margin too much to overcome despite the final push under eight minutes to play.
Denny finished with a strong game for the Poets along with Baxter finishing with a goal, an assist, and four groundballs. Between the posts, Nicole Yorba (Poway, Calif.) finished once again with a double digit save effort with 10 saves against 27 shots.
For Chapman four players recorded three goals apiece from Brooke Martini, Abbey Messmer, Allison Camp, and Allie Kontny, while Messmer collected six groundballs and three draw controls.
Whittier returns to action this Saturday, February 15 as they host Claremont-M-S beginning at 11:00am.