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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team won their fifth straight game Friday as they cruised to the lopsided 20-7 victory over Southwestern University.
The Poets are now 5-5 on the season going undefeated in non-conference action posting the longest winning streak in Whittier College women's lacrosse history. They are currently tied for the third most wins in the Whittier College record books chasing the 8-6 record from the 2009 season.
Southwestern tallied the first score thirty seconds in but Whittier would come back adding five of the next six goals, from five different players and a man down goal from Rachel Lansner at the 17:48 mark.
The Pirates stopped the bleeding with an unassisted goal from Allison Schmitt but the Poets would respond with three of the next four goals to close out the half with two coming from Rebekah Delledera.
WC led 8-4 at the break and continued where they left off in the second outscoring Southwestern 12-3 and forcing eight turnovers. Shaina Denny added the first tally in the half for the Purple & Gold despite being a man down. The Pirates would respond twenty eight seconds later to pull within four once again but a 6-0 run by the Poets capped off with back to back free position goals from Denny moved the scored to 15-5 putting the game out of reach.
With the clock running due to the ten goal differential Southwestern would add two more from Christina Rosendahl and Allison Schmitt but that would be the last offense generated for the Pirates as Whittier would close out the game with five unanswered, which included three free position goals.
The Poets held the advantage on shots 27-22, was 16-20 on clear attempts, had 24 groundballs, and was 5-10 on free positions.
In goal junior Nicole Yorba totaled 12 saves on 19 shots.
Denny for the second straight game led the offensive unit with seven goals on nine shots to go with two assists. She also had four groundballs two draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Whittier has a full week off from competition and returns to action next Saturday, April 5 as they travel to Chapman to take on the Panthers beginning at 7:00pm.