The women’s lacrosse team won its second conference game Saturday night, beating Whittier 10-6.
Chapman (4-7, 2-4) scored the game’s first goal just three minutes into the game, which would be the first of a team-high six goals by sophomore midfielder Brooke Martini.
“We succeeded in our clears and played a great game. This win shows that we are capable of winning in the league,” Martini said.
The Panthers extended their lead to three (5-2) before the end of the first half, scoring four consecutive goals, but Whittier answered with a goal before heading into the locker room. Junior Michelle Mendoza scored a quick goal to start the second half with a free position shot, bringing the lead to 6-3. But two minutes later, Whittier scored another goal.
Mendoza said that at the beginning of the game, the team wasn’t careful enough and that the players could have communicated better with one another on the field, but that defense was solid.
“Tonight was a win that shows that we can overcome many challenges we have been facing, but our defense was the best it has ever been throughout the game,” Mendoza said.
Chapman and Whittier went back in forth scoring in the second half. Martini scored her third goal at the 22:47 mark. Martini scored back-to-back goals within less than a minute toward the end of the second half. Her third consecutive goal sealed the win with only three seconds left on the clock.
“Whittier made us play a lot of defense. They were a tough team and kept it up throughout the game,” said head coach Brian Eisenberg.
Eisenberg knew the team had obstacles to overcome, especially with its top two scorers being out.
“The team has opportunities to step it up with three of our key players not playing. It is an obstacle, but allows the team to work harder,” Eisenberg said.
The Panthers moved into a tie for fourth place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Chapman will play its fourth-to-last regular season game of the year on the road against Occidental Wednesday at 7 p.m.