Poets fall in shootout 19-17 to Kalamazoo

Poets fall in shootout 19-17 to Kalamazoo

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team fell in a shootout Friday night as they dropped a 19-17 decision to Kalamazoo College ending their non-conference schedule.

The Purple & Gold drop now to 3-8, 0-4 SCIAC and finish their non-conference slate 3-4.

A combined 20 goals were added in the first half with the Hornets holding a slight 11-9 edge.  Whittier never led on the game but pulled within one on four different occasions. 

Kalamazoo led early 6-2 over the opening eight minutes.  Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) and Ilah Hardersen (Buckley, WA) went back to back within a minutes time to get within two at 6-4.  Gabby Boller (Howell, NJ) and Meanor answered minutes later to keep the game a two-goal deficit and then with 9:22 to play in the half, Meanor, Neely O'Grady (Lorton, VA), and Hardersen put together a run of three straight that pulled them within one at 10-9.

The Hornets struck first in the second half to move the deficit to three.  Meanor and O'Grady responded with two of their own to make it a one goal game and Boller added her second of the game at the 22:19 mark that moved the score to 14-12.  The difference in the game came within the next thirteen minutes with Kalamazoo putting together five in a row that pushed the advantage to 19-12. 

Whittier put together some late game heroics with five of their own covering the final eight minutes.  Hardersen sparked the run converting a free-position attempt.  Sarah Morgan (Tustin, Calif.) was then fed by O'Grady and Meanor and Boller would each add the final three connections that made it a two score game.  But the comeback would come to a halt as Kalamazoo was able to grab the final draw control to preserve the road win.

Whittier controlled the offense outshooting Kalamazoo 47-37 and picking up 25 groundballs.  The Hornets however won the draw controls 26-12.  The Poets also finished 18-for-22 on clear attempts and was a mere 2-for-11 on free-positions. 

Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) finished another game with double digit saves with 13 against 32 shots.  She also added three groundballs and two caused turnovers. 

Meanor once again was rock solid on offense with seven goals and an assist.  She also added a groundball and six draw controls.  O'Grady supported with a three goal, two assist effort along with three groundballs, four draw controls and three caused turnovers and Boller added three goals, an assist and four groundballs.