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WHITTIER, Calif. – Junior Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) led the Purple & Gold Saturday morning with four goals all coming in the first half but it wasn't enough to top The College of Wooster as they fell 27-9 at Memorial Stadium.
Whittier has now given up 20 or more goals for the fourth time this season as they drop to 1-6.
It was a story of two halves for the Poets as they put together a strong first half against the Fighting Scots pouring in seven goals, grabbing eight draw controls, taking eleven shots, and going 5-9 on clear attempts.
Hansen started off the scoring with a nice connection inside following a feed from Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA). Wooster then took a lead at 4-1 soon after but Whittier would get two back from Carly McAllister (San Jose, Calif.) and Meanor that cut the deficit in half.
Hansen then took over with under 15:00 to play in the half adding back to back goals, one being on a free position that pulled WC within two at 7-5. She then would find the back of the goal three minutes later that kept the margin at two. But this would be the closest Whittier would get as Wooster would close out the half on a 4-1 run to take a 12-7 lead at the break.
The Fighting Scots kept the momentum going in the second half putting together a 13-0 run that put the game away. Gabby Boller (Howell, NJ) was able to add two of her own both times getting fed by Noelle Tamas (Granite Bay, Calif.) but it wouldn't be enough to spark a comeback.
Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) finished with four saves against 10 shots and grabbed three groundballs with two caused turnovers. Meanor added two goals and an assist with three groundballs, ten draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Tamas finished with four assists on the game and Hansen added five groundballs, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
Whittier was outshot on the game 31-15, was 6-10 on clear attempts, hauled in 17 draw controls, and picked up 17 groundballs.
Whittier remains in non-conference play this Monday, March 19 when they host Goucher College beginning at 11:00am.