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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team faced a tough test Wednesday night against the University of Chicago falling 19-6 at Memorial Stadium.
The Purple & Gold have now lost two of their last three and move to 3-7, 0-4 SCIAC, while Chicago improves to a perfect 7-0.
The opening seven minutes were a defensive battle with neither team able to find the back of the goal. Chicago broke the scoreless tie at the 23:25 mark from Lally Johnson and they used this to spark seven in a row that spanned the next ten minutes.
Morgan Miracle (Tustin, Calif.) put the Poets on the scoreboard with an unassisted strike at the 13:11 mark and Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) added her first of the game three minutes later. But over the final eight minutes the Maroons would outscore WC 4-1 to go into the half leading 12-3.
Meanor added her second of the game out of the half but Chicago would find their offense once again going on a 6-1 run over the first 16:00 minutes that extended their lead to 18-4. Meanor tacked on back to back answers later in the half to get Whittier within 12 but it wouldn't be enough to spark a comeback.
Meanor finished with four goals to lead the offense along with two groundballs, six draw controls and a caused turnover. Miracle added two strikes and Zorida Castro (San Diego, Calif.), Sarah Morgan (Tustin, Calif.), and Gabby Boller (Howell, NJ) would each help with assists. Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) who was held scoreless still made her presence felt finishing with four groundballs, five draw controls, and four caused turnovers.
Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) in goal had a game finishing with nine saves against 28 shots. She also added four groundballs and three caused turnovers.
Whittier was outshot 32-17 but won the draw control battle 15-12. The Poets turned the ball over 30 times, grabbed 22 groundballs, was 19-for-23 on clear attempts and was 0-for-2 on free-position attempts.
Whittier returns to the field this evening, Friday, March 29 for their last non-conference game as they take on Kalamazoo College beginning at 7:00pm.