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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team continues to look strong within non-conference play as they put up a crooked number Monday morning in a 21-14 victory over Goucher College.
The Purple & Gold have won two of their last four and move to 2-6 on the season.
The Poets had their offense rolling from the opening whistle putting up five unanswered over the first eight minutes of the game coming from four different players, including Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.), Noelle Tamas (Granite Bay, Calif.), Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA), and Neely O'Grady (Lorton, VA).
Goucher made a little pushback soon after with three goals themselves to stay within striking distance but O'Grady, Meanor, and Tamas combined for four tallies themselves that moved the score to 9-3.
With under ten minutes to play, Goucher put up back-to-back connections to cut the deficit to four but over the final 8:30 Whittier would outscore their opponent 5-2 with goals coming from Hansen, Sarah Morgan (Tustin, Calif.), and Meanor that pushed the lead to 14-7 at the break.
Out of the half, Goucher came out fired up and put up another seven goals, thanks to an early 4-0 spurt. They then pulled within three at 15-12 behind two man-up opportunities but that was the closest they would get as O'Grady and Meanor would connect on free positions followed by a Hansen strike that pushed the lead back to five. O'Grady kept the run alive with back to back goals with under 11:00 minutes to play and Tamas and Carly McAllister (San Jose, Calif.) would seal the victory with another two in the latter stages of the contest.
Meanor finished the game with a game high six goals, had eight draw controls and three groundballs. O'Grady had her best game of the season with five goals, six groundballs and three caused turnovers. Hansen also had a game with a career high 10 draw controls coupled with four goals and an assist. Tamas chipped in with four goals and four assists and they both combined for 11 groundballs.
Whittier outshot Goucher 54-29, picked up 39 groundballs, won 20 draw controls and was 11-of-13 on clear attempts.
Whittier returns to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action this Saturday, March 24 when they take on Chapman University beginning at 11:00am.