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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team returned home Wednesday night to Memorial Stadium following four straight road contests but couldn't come away with a victory as they fell 23-11 to the University of Redlands.
Whittier drops to 3-13, 0-9 SCIAC and have now lost seven in a row.
Despite putting up 11 goals against the Bulldogs, they didn't have answer for them defensively as UR strung together seven unanswered midway through the first that opened the game up.
Whittier scored two of the first three goals of the game from Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Gabby Boller (Howell, NJ) to lead 2-1. But after that the Bulldogs added their 7-0 run that moved the score to 8-2. Hansen tacked on her second of the game at the 6:43 mark to keep it a five-goal game but that's as close as Whittier would get as UR would end the half on a 4-2 run.
The final connections of the first half for Whittier came from Sarah Morgan (Tustin, Calif.) and Zorida Castro (San Diego, Calif.) that cut the deficit to seven. Ilah Hardersen (Buckley, WA) got the scoring started in the second half for the Poets taking the draw control and going down herself and connecting. Three minutes later WC responded again this time from Hansen and Morgan going back to back that made the score 14-8.
But soon after Redlands got their rhythm back scoring nine of the next ten that made it a double-digit deficit. Boller and Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) were able to add the final two scores of the games to get the Poets into double digits themselves but it wouldn't be enough to spark a late comeback.
Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) played all 60:00 minutes between the posts collecting 10 saves against 33 shots.
Whittier was outshot 40-24, picked up 24 groundballs and was just 1-for-3 on free-positions. But where they excelled were on draw controls, holding the edge 21-15.
Hansen led the offense finishing with three goals to go with four groundballs and three draw controls. Meanor, Morgan, and Boller each added two goals and an assist and Hardersen finished with a tally in each category. Meanor was also strong in the circle adding six draw controls and three caused turnovers. Boller then finished with four pick-ups, five draws and a caused turnover.
Whittier wraps up their 2019 season this Saturday, April 20 when they travel to take on Occidental College beginning at 1:00pm.