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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team picked up their biggest win on the season thus far Saturday as they held off North Central (Ill.) 15-12 at Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Poets snap their seven-game losing skid and move to 2-7, 0-5 SCIAC.
North Central came out of the gates quickly with four straight but saw that short-lived as the Purple & Gold would regroup to rattle off six unanswered to go in front for the first time at 6-4.
During this run Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA), Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.), and Neely O'Grady (Lorton, VA) each added free position goals, while O 'Grady tacked on another two joined by a second connection from Meanor.
The Cardinals stopped the run with an unassisted goal from Madison Maas and would add another with 1:31 to play in the half. But Meanor would again come up big with another strike as she would put WC on top 7-6 at the break.
Jess Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) and O'Grady would come out of the half and tack on another two for the Purple & Gold as they stretched their lead to 9-6. North Central attempted a comeback scoring three of the next four goals to pull within one at the 16:20 mark but that's as close as they would get as Whittier would put together a 3-0 run thanks to J. Hansen, O'Grady, and Meanor that moved the score to 13-9.
In a last ditch effort, the Cardinals would outscore the Poets 3-2 over the final 9:06 with the last coming on a man-down but the comeback would come up short as Whittier would hold on for the three goal victory.
O'Grady led the offense finishing with five goals and two assists along with three draw controls and two groundballs. She was joined by Meanor who added four goals and an assist herself, while J. Hansen added three connections and two assists.
Meanor for the game also had four groudballs and four caused turnovers, while the Hansen sisters caused a combined eight.
Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) played in goal for all 60:00 finishing with 10 saves against 22 shots.
Whittier held the slight edge on shots at 29-26, while picking up 33 groundballs. Despite falling in draw controls 16-13 was able to force 20 of the 29 North Central turnovers, while going 5-10 on free position attempts.
Whittier has a day off before hosting George Fox University tomorrow, Monday, March 27 with game time set for 7:00pm.