Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com
WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team remained in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play Wednesday night but came away with another loss as they fell 18-7 to Pomona-Pitzer.
The Purple & Gold remains winless on the season at 0-3, 0-3 SCIAC, while Pomona-Pitzer improves to 3-0, 3-0 SCIAC.
Whittier found it tough all night to get any offense going against a physical Sagehen defensive unit. WC was held to just one goal in the first half and despite putting up six against the back-up goalie in the second period it wouldn't be enough to complete the comeback.
PP started the game off with six in a row before Sarah Morgan (Tustin, Calif.) connected for Whittier's first of the game getting fed by Gabby Boller (Howell, NJ). The Purple & Gold had a chance after that to get right back into the game earning a two-person advantage but they couldn't capitalize as the Sagehens would use it to tack on two tallies before taking a 9-1 lead into the break.
Morgan Miracle (Tustin, Calif.) and Boller put together back to back goals to start the second half but after that PP strung together five unanswered that stretch the lead to double digits. Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) got into the action at the 14:44 mark getting fed inside by Boller and five minutes later Miracle came up with another tally that made it an 11-point game. Over the final 7:00 minutes Whittier outscored the Sagehens 2-1 with goals from Boller and Meanor but it wouldn't be enough to pull off the home win.
The Poets were outshot 35-22 and was just 1-for-6 on free positions. They were 7-for-11 on clear attempts and were edged on draw controls 13-12.
Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) played all 60:00 minutes between the posts and registered 10 saves with five groundballs. Boller led the offense finishing with two goals and three assists to go with three groundballs. Meanor added two goals with two groundballs and three draw controls and Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Ilah Hardersen (Buckley, WA) combined for nine draw controls.
Whittier remains in conference play next Wednesday, March 6 when they host Occidental College beginning at 7:00pm.