Poets Write off Boxers in Second Game of Road Swing

WHITTIER, Calif. - Pacific found Whittier's second half offensive attack too much to erase Friday as the Poets handed the Boxers their second straight southern California loss, 17-11, in women's lacrosse action at Memorial Stadium.

After battling the Poets (4-4) to a 7-7 tie at halftime, the Boxers (6-3) were limited to just four second half goals and were outscored by the home team 10-4 in the second 30 minutes. Whittier controlled much of the offensive side of the game, outshooting the Boxers 37-21 in addition to an 18-14 advantage in ground balls and a 20-9 edge in draw controls.

Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) led Pacific with four goals to go along with two draw controls. Natalie Getchell (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) and Kristen Dick (So., Auburn, Wash.) each scored two. Carolyn Mukai and Shaina Denny each scored six goals to led the Poets.

Scoring was slow coming over the first 15 minutes of the first half. Smith had the Boxers' first two goals and put the visitors up 2-1 on her free position strike at the 14:10 mark. Whittier went on to score the next four goals and built a 6-2 lead when Denny scored with 9:43 to go.

The Boxers came right back to score the next five goals over the next seven minutes, all of the sticks of five different players. Sydney Vincent (Jr., Portland, Ore.) struck first with an unassisted strike with eight minutes to go. Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) tied it at 6-6 before Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) hit unassisted to put Pacific back up 7-6 with 1:30 left. Mukai closed scoring for the Poets with 1:07 left, allowing the teams to go in tied at 7-7.

Pacific opened the second half scoring two of the first three goals, using a free position strike by Getchell and a unassisted goal from Dick to own the slim 9-8 edge at the 24:26 mark. The Whittier defense wrote off the Pacific offense from there, allowing the Boxers just two more goals the rest of the contest.

Whittier went on to score the next four goals, building a 12-9 lead on Haley Kleine's strike with 12:45 to go before Getchell finally stunted the run on her free position goal with 11:47 left. The Poets went on another three-goal run from there, going ahead 15-10 on Dana Barraco's goal with 5:46 left, and scored five of the last six goals of the game.

Brittany Hartmann (So., Portland, Ore.) finished with 14 saves in the loss for the Boxers, while Conny Joel made seven stops for the Poets.

Pacific concludes their southern California road trip on Monday when they face Pomona-Pitzer. Game time in scheduled for 7:00 p.m.


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