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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Inaugural Queener match-up took place Saturday morning between the Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team and Pomona-Pitzer.
First year head coach and former Pomona-Pitzer assistant coach Sylvia Queener faced off against her older sister Sarah Queener at Memorial Stadium but the final would go towards Pomona-Pitzer 15-8.
Despite a 4-0 start to the game, the Purple & Gold were unable to complete a comeback as the Sagehens would rally using a 7-0 spurt that proved enough to pull off the road win. With the loss the Poets drop to 1-3, 0-3 SCIAC, while Pomona-Pitzer improves to 2-3 and pick up their first SCIAC victory.
Whittier got off to one of their hottest starts all season with Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.), Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) (2), and Jess Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) rattling off four in a row that put PP in an early hole.
But that lead would soon be erased quickly as the Sagehens would add six in a row that closed out the half giving them a 6-4 lead at the break.
Pomona-Pitzer would add another out of the intermission that extended the lead to three but Meanor would come back on the Poets ensuing possession and go top shelf off a nice pass from freshman Neely O'Grady (Lorton, VA). Rebecca Long spearheaded another run for PP with two strikes that again extended the defeicit to three. O'Grady would try and keep the Purple & Gold within striking distance soon after with back to back tallies, the second coming on a man-up but it would be too late as the Sagehens would add another five that put the game out of reach.
Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) played all 60:00 and finished with a career high 18 saves between the posts. Whittier was outshot 39-20 but held a slight edge on draw controls 13-12, while going 11-21 on clear attempts.
O'Grady led the Poets with three goals with an assist and four draw controls. Meanor also registered three goals with an assist and two draw controls.
Whittier returns to action this Wednesday, March 8 when they travel to take on Chapman University beginning at 7:00pm.