First-Half Scoring Barrage by Poets Writes out Boxers

WHITTIER, Calif. - A 14-goal scoring barrage by Whittier in the first half was enough to put the game out of reach Saturday as the Poets downed Pacific 19-5 in women's lacrosse action at the Whittier lacrosse field.

The Poets (5-8) scored the first five goals of the match and never looked back, outshooting the Boxers 40-10 on the afternoon. Emily Mukai led Whittier with six goals, including five in the first half. Cassidy Lake and Sherise Varga each scored three goals while Kourtney Sexauer and Trill Santin netted two apiece.

Mimi Takamune (So., Mililani, Hawaii) led Pacific (3-8) with three goals, while Lilia Lee (So., Waimanalo, Hawaii) scored two to account for all of the Boxers' scoring. Lee also earned four draw controls. Johannah Wong (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) finished with three ground balls and Takamune came up with two caused turnovers.

Whittier opened up a 5-0 advantage just nine minutes into the match, thanks in part to a pair of goals by Mukai and single strikes by Varga, Lake and Sexauer. Takamune finally ended the run with her first goal nine minutes into the period. Takamune would tally two more times in the half, but the Poets surged with two more runs of four answered goals to build a 14-3 halftime advantage.

Lake and Lee traded goals to begin the second half, but Whittier allowed just six more Pacific shots the rest of the way. Lee's final strike came with just 10 seconds remaining in the contest.

Pacific will wrap up it's short Southern California road trip on Sunday when they face Pomona-Pitzer.


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