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WHITTIER, Calif. – George Fox University managed to come from behind and slip past the Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team Monday night as they pulled off the 9-8 victory in overtime.
It looked like the Purple & Gold were looking for their second straight win at Memorial Stadium as they jumped in front 5-1 in the first 10:00 of play.
Morgan Miracle (Tustin, Calif.) connected on the Poets opening free position and Whittier continued to pile it on from there as Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) would complete a hat trick over a two minute span before adding her fourth consecutive goal on a man-up opportunity/free position goal at the 10:51 mark.
George Fox ended the run with an unassisted tally from Miranda Edwords but again Meanor would find the back of the goal with 4:43 to play in the half as she gave WC a 6-2 lead.
In the second, GFU came out fired up playing pressure defense and forcing Whittier into 13 turnovers, which proved costly as the Bruins would outscore the Poets 6-2 in the stanza, which included a 5-0 spurt that ignited their comeback.
Freshman Neely O'Grady (Lorton, VA) stopped the run with two of her own that put the Poets on top 8-7 with under a minute to play but with :22 seconds left Lois Ray came down and added the equalizer sending the game in OT.
In extra time, offense was hard to come by as the game remained tied after the first overtime period. Then in the second, the Bruins found an opening as Jess Hanson would connect for the game winner coming off a slide at the 2:25 mark.
Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) finished with seven saves for the game against 16 shots. Meanor totaled five goals, all coming in the first half, while picking up five groundballs and causing three turnovers.
O'Grady had a nice stat line as well with two goals and an assist with three draw controls and a caused turnover.
Each team picked up 10 draw controls, while Whittier held the slight edge on shots 25-24. Whittier picked up 38 groundballs and was 9-16 on clear attempts, while going 3-7 on free positions.
Whittier remains in non-conference action as they host Linfield College tonight, March 29 beginning at 7:00pm.