Melanie Rizzotti and Carly McAllister Recognized on Senior Day

Melanie Rizzotti and Carly McAllister Recognized on Senior Day

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Lacrosse team wrapped up their home games for 2018 Saturday as they took on Chapman University on Senior Day.

Prior to the game, Head Coach Sylvia Queener recognized her two seniors, Melanie Rizzotti (Mukilteo, WA) and Carly McAllister (San Jose, Calif.) but the Poets were unable to send them off with a win as they fell 19-5 dropping to 3-11, 0-8 SCIAC.

The Purple & Gold hung tough with the Panthers in the early stages swapping goals thanks to Neely O'Grady (Lorton, VA) and Emily Hansen (Seal Beach, Calif.).  A small run of four straight would extend the CU lead to 6-2 but again the Poets would answer with Noelle Tamas (Granite Bay, Calif.) and Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, PA) connecting cutting the deficit to three.

With under 7:00 minutes to play in the half Chapman was able to spark another run with four unanswered, which included two in the final minute giving them an 11-4 lead at the break.

The run continued in the second half with CU tacking on another three until Meanor was able to stop the bleeding with 22:42 to play.  But that was the lone goal scored by Whittier in the second stanza as Chapman would go on to add another five over the final 17:00 minutes to grab the lopsided win. 

Madison Topping (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) picked up double digit saves for the game finishing with 13 against 28 shots.  Her back-up Cole DiGrazia (Brooklyn, NY) played the final 16:55 and added four saves. 

On offense, Meanor was rock solid with two goals, a groundball and five draw controls.  O'Grady joined her with a goal and an assist along with four draw controls and a caused turnover and Rizzotti finished with six groundballs and two caused turnovers. 

Whittier was outshot 42-10, picked up 20 groundballs, was 1-for-2 on free positions and won 14 draw controls.        

Whittier has two games remaining on their schedule beginning with a match-up against Claremont-M-S this Wednesday, April 18 beginning at 7:00pm and then wrapping up against Occidental College this Saturday, April 21 against Occidental College.