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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team picked up their first win of 2018 Monday night as they rolled Beloit College 23-10 inside Memorial Stadium.
Eight different players found the goal led by junior Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) who was untouchable tallying six goals on six shots. She also found her teammates twice for a couple assists, added five groundballs, seven draw controls and a caused turnover.
The Purple & Gold were caught off guard on the Buccaneers opening possession as Nicole Dolcimascolo would take the opening draw control and convert the first goal of the game in the first thirty seconds. But after that it was all Whittier as they would add seven unanswered with Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Meanor each adding hat tricks during the run.
Beloit stopped the run at the 21:10 mark but again WC would counter with three of their own as Hansen would tack on another two joined by Noelle Tamas (Granite Bay, Calif.) that moved the score to 10-2. Dolcimascolo would tack on another two going back to back for the Bucs within a two minute stretch that cut the deficit to six but over the next three minutes Sarah Morgan (Tustin, Calif.), Meanor, Nicole Lindke (Pleasanton, Calif.), and Gabby Boller (Howell, NJ) would put together a 5-0 run that opened the game up to double digits.
Beloit continued to battle tacking on another three goals within the final 8:03 of the half but they had no answer on defense as Carly McAllister (San Jose, Calif.), Lindke, and Melanie Rizzotti (Mukilteo, WA) would go back to back to back that gave the Poets an 18-8 lead at the break.
The offense slowed down in the second half with a combined seven goals being scored. Whittier held the advantage at 5-2 and closed the game out on a 5-1 run with Tamas adding a man-down free position, McAllister adding an unassisted strike and Boller, Meanor, and Tamas converting insurance down the stretch.
Cole DiGrazia (Brooklyn, NY) played all 60:00 minutes totaling seven saves against 17 shots. Whittier outshot Beloit 33-22, held the advantage on draw controls 24-10, picked up 30 groundballs, was 9-12 on clear attempts, and converted five free positions.
Joining Meanor and Hansen in the stats was Tamas and Boller with three goals apiece and they combined for eight assists. Morgan added a goal and two assists with seven draw controls and Rizzotti added four groundballs and five draw controls. Defensively the Poets were rock solid forcing 22 Buccaneer turnovers with Tamas forcing three and McAllister and Zorida Vasquez adding two apiece.
Whittier remains in non-conference action this Thursday, March 15 when they host Augsburg University beginning at 5:00pm.