Poets win second straight; Tally season high 21 goals

Poets win second straight; Tally season high 21 goals

Photo by: Davis Gerber

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team broke out for a season high 21 goals in their second straight victory Wednesday night winning 21-16 over Albion College.

"Tonight the girls went out there and played with confidence.  We moved the ball really well in transition.  Offensively, senior Shaina Denny stepped up big for us scoring eight goals, but collectively all of our attackers contributed and that was huge for us," stated Head Coach Trish Bonagura.

The first half was a seesaw battle that saw a combined 20 goals scored, eight ties, and five lead changes.  Albion grabbed a two-goal advantage 5-3 at the 15:55 mark but the Poets at the end of the half were able to add back to back scores from Denny and Meesha Robinson to go into the break leading 11-9. 

Whittier came out in the second and continued where they left off adding the first three goals from Daniella Delledera (2), and Denny to extend their lead to 14-9.  The margin would move to a six goal differential midway through following two free position goals from Jess Hansen and Denny but the Britons would come back pulling within two 17-15 following a 4-0 run sparked by a man up goal from Ashley Glenn. 

But the Poets continued to fire on all cylinders offensively putting together their own 4-0 run with goals from Denny (2), and Lily Baxter (2) that put the game out of reach with under 3:30 to play.

Bonagura on the upcoming non-conference schedule explained that "the games will help us improve our on field chemistry in addition to recognizing the importance of playing for the fully sixty minutes and not letting up for one second.  This is something that we have struggled with the past few games and its something we know we have to do in order to be successful."  

Denny finished with a season high eight goals on eight shots, while picking up three draw controls and two assists.  Baxter had five goals on the evening on six shots to go with an assist but also had two groundballs, and four draw controls. 

The Purple & Gold outshot the Britons 33-29 and was 9-10 on free positions, while holding the edge on draw controls 22-17.

Whittier remains within their non-conference schedule as they now welcome in North Central (Ill.) in two weeks on Monday, March 24 beginning at 4:00pm.