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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team continues to make major strides this season as they put up 12 goals Saturday in a loss to Chapman University.
Despite dropping to 0-2, 0-2 SCIAC, the Purple & Gold continue to show a lot of upside on both sides. They were outscored 10-6 in the first half and then put up another six in the second half, but couldn't stop the Panther attack as they added another nine to pull off the seven goal victory.
Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) kept Whittier close in the early stages of the game putting up the first three goals over the opening ten minutes. Chapman then stretched their lead to 6-2 following four unanswered until Morgan Miracle (Tustin, Calif.) stopped the run at the 7:03 mark. Another two tallies in the first half for Whittier came from Miracle and Sarah Morgan (Tustin, Calif.) but over the final 5:00 minutes Chapman was able to pull away with the final four connections giving them a four goal advantage at intermission.
Out of the break Chapman came out quickly with the first three goals, with two coming from Meg Hanson. WC responded scoring five of the next seven goals from Morgan, Meanor, Neely O'Grady (Lorton, VA), and Emily Hanson (Seal Beach, Calif.) that made it a four goal differential but that's as close as they would get as CU would pour in four of the final five tallies that secured the road victory.
Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) picked up the loss playing all 60:00 minutes but collected 13 saves with three groundballs and a caused turnover. Meanor finished with five goals and was a perfect 5-for-5 shooting along with six draw controls and a caused turnover. Morgan added two goals and three assists and Hansen put up two goals, four groundballs, and three draw controls. Leading the defense was Noelle Tamas (Granite Bay, Calif.) who recorded three caused turnovers with an assist, three groundballs and two draw controls.
Whittier was outshot 35-24 but won the battle on draw controls 16-10. They were also 8-for-12 on clears and 4-for-5 on free-positions.
Whittier remains at home this Wednesday, February 27 when they host Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 7:00pm.