Poets suffer one goal loss in double OT to Skyhawks
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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team suffered a one goal loss 20-19 in double overtime to the Skyhawks of Fort Lewis Tuesday evening after leading for a majority of the game.
Whittier drops to 0-5, 0-4 SCIAC while Fort Lewis improves to 2-0.
The Poets jumped out in front to a 1-0 lead in the first 30 seconds behind an unassisted goal by Raquel Damti but then saw a seesaw battle occur over the next fifteen minutes that saw six ties and six lead changes. At 6-6 Whittier then extended their lead and closed out the half on a 5-0 run to go in leading 10-6 behind goals from Lily Baxter (2), Dana Barraco (2), and Carolyn Mukai.
The Skyhawks who were coming into the contest 1-0 after opening their season with a one goal victory over the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer a day earlier went into the half stunned and searching for answers.
Coming out of the break, Abby Kvidera rattled off three unanswered to pull the Skyhawks within one at 10-9, but Whittier went on a 3-0 run themselves to regain the lead back moving the score to 13-9 behind goals from Baxter, Shaina Denny, and Amiya Moretta.
After an Ally Kvidera goal, Mukai came out and tacked on another two goals to give the Poets a five goal lead with 14:38 to go in regulation. But the Skyhawks didn't go away as they rattled off five unanswered capped off by a free position goal from A. Kvidera that pushed the score to 15-15 with 8:08 to play.
In the final four minutes Whittier and Fort Lewis swapped goals and the Skyhawks last attempt at the win was turned away forcing overtime.
In overtime the Skyhawks answered with two quick goals to go up 18-16, but saw Baxter and Mukai add two goals themselves to help the Poets go into the second overtime only down a goal.
Coming out in the second, Baxter added a goal at the 1:30 mark to tie up the game at 19-19. On the ensuing possession Whittier's Nicole Yorba made a big save giving the Poets one last opportunity for the win but after a caused turnover the Skyhawks capitalized and came down with 42 seconds to score the eventual game winning goal to pull off the victory 20-19.
The Kvidera twins for Fort Lewis, Abby and Ally, tallied six goals and two assists each to lead the Skyhawks. Their six markers tied for third most in school history in a single game.
Whittier was led by freshman Baxter who finished with a career and season high seven goals on nine shots to go with one assist and six ground balls. She was accompanied by Mukai who finished with six goals on ten shots to go with four assists, four ground balls and eight draw controls.
The Purple & Gold continue their five game non-conference home stand as they welcome in the Loggers of Puget Sound, Monday, March 12 with game time set to kick off at 7:00pm.