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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team picked up their first win of 2019 Saturday handling Felician University 22-10 at Memorial Stadium.
The Purple & Gold end their four game losing skid as they move to 1-4, 0-4 SCIAC.
The Poets started the game off scoring five of the first six from four different players. Gabby Boller (Howell, NJ) added the first goal on the Poets' opening possession and they wouldn't add their second until the 21:47 mark when Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) was able to find the back of the goal.
Felician was able to cut the deficit in half two minutes later but after that Morgan Miracle (Tustin, Calif.), Meanor and Ilah Hardersen (Buckley, WA) would put up three unanswered that moved the score to 5-1.
Neely O'Grady got into the scoring category with 13:30 to play in the half breaking up a small run by Felician. Then over the final ten minutes WC pulled away scoring five of the next seven tallies that gave them an 11-6 lead at the break. Zorida Castro (San Diego, Calif.) started the run with back-to-back answers and Miracle would end the frame with two of her own.
Hardersen and Boller started the offense in the second half as Whittier would put up another 11 goals. Felician was able to add four goals over the next ten minutes to keep it within single digits at 15-9 but that's as close as they would get as WC would add six straight over the final 16:00 minutes that put the game out of reach. During this run Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Meanor would each add three goals a piece and were joined by Hardersen.
Whittier won every category, including shots (44-19), draw controls (23-10), groundballs (25-19), and clears (10-10). Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) finished with eight saves playing all 60:00 minutes.
Meanor went off for seven goals and an assist to go with seven draw controls and three groundballs. Hardersen added four goals and an assist with three draws and Hansen and Miracle combined for six goals and 11 draw controls, 10 of which came from Hansen. Another big stat came from Boller who added two goals but had a career and program single game record 10 assists. She also had three caused turnovers and four groundballs.
Whittier has a short turn around as they return to the field tomorrow, Sunday, March 10 when they host St. Mary's beginning at 1:00pm.