Poets have high-scoring game with Occidental

Poets have high-scoring game with Occidental

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team found their offense Wednesday night putting up 12 goals against Occidental College but was unable to stop their offensive attack as they fell 21-12 at Memorial Stadium.

The Purple & Gold remain scoreless on the season at 0-4, 0-4 SCIAC.

The Tigers started off the scoring putting up four straight across the opening seven minutes.  Morgan Miracle (Tustin, Calif.) and Gabby Boller (Howell, NJ) were able to go back to back within a minute to stop the run and cut the deficit in half but again Oxy managed to tack on another three to extend the lead to 7-2.

Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) managed to split the 5-0 run by Oxy with a free-position goal at the 12:24 mark and later on in the half Miracle was able to add another two that made it a four-goal game.  But with under :30 seconds to play in the half, Oxy found the back of the goal one more time pushing the score to 11-6.

The rain continued to come in the second half but it didn't slow down the offense on both sides.  The Poets added another six, with four coming in the opening thirteen minutes from Ilah Hardersen (Buckley, WA), Sarah Morgan (Tustin, Calif.), and Zorida Castro (San Diego, Calif.).  But within a five minute span, Oxy was able to add four unanswered that gave them an eight goal lead with eleven minutes to play. 

Meanor and Miracle were able to add two down the stretch but it wouldn't be enough to complete a comeback as Oxy would put up another three that gave them the road victory. 

Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) finished with 16 saves against 37 shots. 

Whittier was outshot 52-20 and fell on draw controls 21-13.  They were 13-of-19 on clear attempts and were 5-of-10 on free-positions. 

Miracle finished with four goals to lead the offense, Meanor added three with five draw controls and Morgan finished with two along with two groundballs and two caused turnovers. 

Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.), despite not finding the back of the goal was able to pick up six groundballs with five groundballs.              

Whittier enters into their non-conference portion of their schedule beginning this Saturday, March 9 when they take on Felician beginning at 1:30pm.