WHITTIER, Calif. – Jess Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.), Ashley Lindke (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Amy Buck (Beaverton, OR) were sent off on a high note Saturday morning as the Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team came away with an exciting 15-13 win over Chapman University at Memorial Stadium.
The win caps off the 2017 season, as the Purple & Gold picked up their first win in conference play finishing 4-12, 1-9 SCIAC. They also collected the program's first ever win against the Panthers.
"We dug the ground balls. We secured the draw. We were hungry for goals and hungry for the ball," explained Head Coach Sylvia Queener. "Congratulations to seniors Jess Hansen, Ashley Lindke, and Amy Buck and the entire team for giving 100% effort for the full sixty minutes. Every day—in practice and in competitions—each and every player displayed the focus, energy, grind, and heart necessary to improve and win. The past few months of hard work is what allowed us to end the season with a resounding conference win (and for creating program history with our first win against Chapman!)."
The Purple & Gold controlled every aspect of the game and continued to provide their largest offensive outpouring on the season throughout. Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) provided an early spark for the Poets as they went ahead 2-1 in the first six minutes. Neely O'Grady (Lorton, VA) connected on a free position soon after and Meanor and Hansen would end the run with three straight that moved the score to 6-1.
Danielle Zahn ended the run at the 4:03 mark for Chapman but the Hansen sisters would come up big in the final 2:20 as they sent the Poets into the half leading 8-3.
The second half proved tough as Chapman provided a 10-goal period, while forcing Whittier into 12 turnovers. They made it a game opening up the frame with two connections in the first four minutes to cut the deficit to four but again Meanor and Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.) would respond with back-to-back tallies that stretched the lead back to six.
Over the next five minutes CU managed to provide their own spark, which included a 4-1 run that cut the deficit to three with 11:30 to play. But an ensuing 3-0 response by the Purple & Gold, with goals from Hansen, and O'Grady would be the run they would need to pull off the win as Chapman made a last push in the final 5:00 collecting four straight, which included back-to-back-to-back man-up connections.
Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) had the game of the season finishing with 17 saves against 30 shots playing all 60:00.
Meanor led the offense with five goals and an assist on six shots. She also had five groundballs, a draw control and a caused turnover.
E. Hansen finished with four goals, an assist, three groundballs, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers, while her sister J. Hansen added three goals, an assist, four groundballs, three draw controls, and a caused turnover.
For the game, Whittier was outshot 40-30, picked up only 12 draw controls, and was 12-20 on clear attempts.