Photos & Video by: Lance Franey
WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team earned their fourth straight victory Thursday as they edged DePauw University 12-11 during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness night.
Prior to the game the Poets warmed up with their purple shirts that had "Play for a Cure" on the back with initials on the sleeves of those who have been affected by Pancreatic Cancer. "Cancer is such a prevalent disease that affects so many people we thought it would be important to help raise awareness", stated Bonagura. "The team did some research and one slogan that they came across and thought had a lot of meaning behind was: "No one fights alone." Making t-shirts and raising awareness is just one simple task that lets those who are battling cancer know, they are not alone."
"Having Spring Break to practice and work on the things that we struggled with in the first half of the season has been very beneficial", explained Head Coach Trish Bonagura. "We plan on continuing to work on things we need improvement on, not only in practice, but outside as well. We are looking forward to the upcoming games."
Senior Captain Shaina Denny added the first two goals of the game and then added her third at the 17:53 mark to put the Purple & Gold in front 4-1. Lily Baxter then added her first two minutes later from Haley Kleine that extended the lead to four. The Tigers would stop the bleeding with an unassisted goal from Elizabeth McCracken before Denny and Kleine went back to back to give Whittier a 7-2 advantage.
With 7:24 to play in the half DePauw would storm back adding the final four goals with two coming from Jamie Powell that pulled the Tigers within one 7-6 at the break.
Out of intermission Abigail Snively would tie the game up thirty seconds in before Whittier would put together a 3-0 run with goals from Baxter, Denny, and Rebekah Delledera that again put WC in front 10-7.
Over the next ten minutes DePauw would outscore the Poets 3-1 to again pull within one 11-10 but Denny would again find the back of the goal for the sixth time capitalizing on a free position, man up opportunity that gave the Poets a two goal advantage.
DePauw would add a free position goal from Powell at the 7:35 mark but that would be the final goal scored from either team as Whittier would hold the ball for the final 4:25 to preserve the one goal victory.
"We came out strong then let up a bit. We told the girls at the half if we want to come out on top it has to be 100% effort across the board. The girls knew what they had to do in order to be successful. They stayed focused, kept their composure and this was a result of the win," Bonagura stated.
Denny finished with six goals on 13 shots with an assist and had two groundballs and four draw controls and two caused turnovers. R. Delledera and Baxter also had two goals a piece with Baxter collecting two assists.
For the Tigers, Powell had four goals coming on four shots, while Elizabeth McCracken had two goals and an assist.
Whittier took 32 shots compared to DePauws 18, held the advantage on draw controls 15-10, and was 11-15 on clear attempts.
Between the posts, Nicole Yorba had four saves as she faced 15 shots in the win.
Whittier turns right back around and hosts Southwestern in their final non-conference match-up tomorrow, Friday, March 28 at 4:00pm where they will where pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.