Photo by: Davis Gerber & Jonathan Lansner
WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team came away with their biggest win of the season coming from behind to earn a hard fought 7-6 victory over the Monks of St. Joseph's College Sunday snapping their five game losing skid.
The Monks scored first with an unassisted goal from Cassie Diplock until the Poets would answer seven minutes later from senior Shaina Denny. But that would be the lone goal scored by the Purple & Gold in the first half as St. Joseph's would add two more from Krystal Walsh that moved the score to 3-1 at the break.
Out of intermission, Haley Kleine pulled the Poets within one capitalizing on a free position until Diplock put the Monks back in front by two with an unassisted goal at the 20:20 mark.
St. Joseph's would outscore Whittier 2-1 over the next seven minutes to take a 6-3 lead until the Poets mounted their biggest comeback of the season covering the final twelve minutes. During this span they scored four straight goals from Denny, Lily Baxter, Rachel Lansner, and Meesha Robinson who tallied the game winner from the back of the goal on an isolation from behind the net with twenty six seconds to play.
Denny finished with two goals on five shots, while picking up three groundballs, causing three turnovers, and hauling in two draw controls. Despite turning the ball over six times, Baxter finished with two goals on three shots, while grabbing a season high seven draw controls.
Nicole Yorba had yet another double digit save effort as she stopped 12 shots against 15 on target, while her counterpart Haley Nason collected 10 against 17 shots.
Whittier for the game had 10 draw controls won compared to the Monks five, had 28 groundballs, was 14-18 on clear attempts, but was just a mere 1-6 on free position shots.
The Poets continue with their non-conference schedule as they host Albion this Wednesday, March 12 beginning at 7:00pm.