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MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team continues their offensive prowess as they won their second straight game using a 10 goal second half to cruise to the 19-10 victory over Linfield College.
Whittier now improves to 4-7, while Linfield drops to 1-5.
The Poets continue to find their niche on the offensive side of the ball as they again opened up the scoring with three unanswered capped off by a free position goal from Amiya Moretta who led all scorers with five goals. This put the Poets up 3-0 but then saw Linfield stop the scoring attack with a goal that cut the lead to two.
Whittier then answered back with two more goals from Dana Barraco and Moretta that pushed the score to 5-1 but again saw Linfield add a goal that stopped the Poet run. But the Purple & Gold didn't get discouraged and again added two more goals from Lily Baxter and Shaina Denny that again put the Poets up by five 7-2.
After two quick goals from Linfield that brought them within three Whittier closed out the half on a 2-1 run behind a Brooke Winslow goal and an unassisted goal from Moretta that brought the Poets into the half up 9-5.
Coming out of the break it was all Purple & Gold as they dominated both ends of the field holding the Wildcats to a mere five goals while erupting for 10 goals themselves. Despite a 3-0 run put on by the Wildcats to open up the second that brought Linfield within one Whittier answered with a 5-0 run behind unassisted goals from Baxter (2), Hallie Doane, Barraco, and Moretta that gave Whittier a cushion 14-8 at the 21:52 mark.
Linfield's Taylor Fisher answered on the ensuing possession a few seconds later but it wasn't enough to cut back into the Whittier lead as the Poets again went on a 5-0 run that put the game out of reach behind goals from Raquel Damti, Carolyn Mukai, Moretta, Winslow, and Doane. This extended the Poet lead to 19-9 until Linfield added a last second goal that brought them within nine.
Whittier's Nicole Yorba started in goal and finished with seven saves, while the Poets took an astounding 33 shots compared to Linfield's 20.
The Purple & Gold return to action as they bounce back tomorrow, Friday, March 30 to take on Pacific University in the final game of their spring break before returning home to take on the Tigers of Occidental College on April 7.