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WHITTIER, Calif. – It was a story of two halves Monday evening as the Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team battled George Fox University falling 16-9 at Memorial Stadium.
The score does not reflect how close this game was throughout, with Whittier staying within three at the break and then getting within three on two more occasions in the second half. But that's as close as they would get as George Fox would close out the contest on a 5-1 run that turned the score into a seven goal differential.
Noelle Tamas (Granite Bay, Calif.) put WC on the scoreboard on their opening possession. But soon after it was all Bruins as they would rattle off seven in a row over the next 16:00 minutes that moved the score to 7-1. Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) stopped the run with a free-position goal with just under ten minutes to play and that sparked a small push by Whittier with Gabby Boller (Howell, NJ) and Tamas going back to back to close out the half, pulling WC within three.
George Fox answered quickly to start the second half swinging the momentum back but again the Poets would respond as Meanor and Sarah Morgan (Tustin, Calif.) would connect that kept the margin at three. Another two goals by GFU would move the score to 11-6, which included a man-down conversion but for the third time, Whittier would storm back as Tamas and Meanor would tack on unassisted tallies that kept the game close with 14:45 to play.
But after that, the wheels fell off defensively for the Purple & Gold as they surrendered five goals in 14:00 minutes. Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) tacked on her first of the game with 8:48 to play but that would be the last offense generated as Whittier would fall by seven.
Junior goalie Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) had a game picking up 14 saves, with nine of them coming in the first half.
Whittier was outshot 32-22 on the game, added 11 draw controls, 20 groundballs and was 11-for-15 on clear attempts. They also were 1-5 on free-position attempts.
Meanor and Tamas each recorded three goals each and combined for six groundballs and seven draw controls. Meanor also had four caused turnovers. Defensively, Melanie Rizzotti (Mukilteo, WA) had a game causing three turnovers and picking up three groundballs and O'Grady finished with a couple draw controls, an assist, and a groundball.
Whittier (2-8, 0-5 SCIAC) wraps up their non-conference schedule tomorrow tonight, Wednesday, March 28 when they host DePauw University beginning at 7:00pm.