Poets let lead slip away in 10-9 loss to Whitman

Poets let lead slip away in 10-9 loss to Whitman

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team was unable to hold an 8-5 lead in the second half as they saw Whitman come back to win 10-9 at Memorial Stadium.

Whittier has now lost six in a row as they drop to 1-6, 0-4 SCIAC.

Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) and Amy Buck (Beaverton, OR) got the Poets offense off on the right foot as they added back-to-back strikes in the first two minutes that put the Purple & Gold on top 2-0.

The Blues added two of their own soon after but the Purple & Gold would go on an ensuing 4-1 run over the final 21:59 that gave them a 6-3 lead at the break.

During this spurt, Meanor added two free position goals, while Nicole Lindke (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) would both add unassisted tallies.

In the second half, Whitman came out with the first two goals that cut the deficit to one at 6-5.  E. Hansen had her own response however with two of her own that stretched the lead back to three but that's the largest lead Whittier would get as Whitman would rally with five in a row that proved the difference in the win.

Hansen would add her fourth of the game with under a minute to play getting fed by Meanor that cut the deficit to one.  The ensuing draw control would be picked up by Carly McAllister (San Jose, Calif.) giving WC a shot for the equalizer.  Meanor then picked up a foul on the Blues giving her a free position attempt with the goalie out of the cage with :16 seconds remaining but her shot would come up empty as Whitman would hold on for the road win. 

Whittier was outshot 38-21 but won the draw controls 11-10 and was 2-7 on free position attempts, while going 13-19 on clear attempts.

Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) had a great game totaling 19 saves in the loss going against 29 shots. 

Meanor finished with three goals and an assist, while grabbing four draw controls.  Hansen registered a team high four goals with an assist on seven shots, with three groundballs, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers.