Women’s lacrosse puts up third straight double-digit win

The women’s lacrosse team extended its three-game winning streak after beating Pomona-Pitzer 16-10 Saturday on the road.

The Panthers’ new offensive system – which protects more against counterattacks – produced another double-digit scoring performance from Chapman for the third game in a row. Since implementing this new strategy after spring break, the Panthers have not lost.

“We felt confident, but we knew that they did get better as a team (since we last played them),” said freshman defender Mika Henrickson. “We just wanted to win and execute what we practice.”

The Panthers (8-4, 5-1) are second in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and have beaten Pomona-Pitzer (5-8, 1-5) in both of their SCIAC matchups this season. The Sagehens eliminated the Panthers in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year.

The Panthers have four conference games remaining before the postseason begins April 29.

“We know that we are a solid team, but in order to advance to the championships, we need to improve defensively and offensively,” Henrickson said.

The Panthers have started running a new “43 offense,” in which four players are higher up the field as attackers, while three players stay back in the midfield more to protect the goal.

“It think it works better than (our previous offense) and I think it (has been) one of the factors in winning more games,” Henrickson said.

Junior midfielder Stacey Zuppa had a hand in the Panthers’ win, scoring four of the Panthers’ 16 goals. Senior attacker Rebecca Long was the top scorer for the Sagehens with six goals.

The Panthers will play third-place Occidental College away on April 12.

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