WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College men's lacrosse team recognized its six seniors that played in their final home regular-season game of their careers but it was freshman Daniel McQuade who stole the show with a four-goal, three-assist effort to lead the Poets to a 17-2 win over Fontbonne University on Tuesday afternoon.
The Poets (4-4) allowed the only two Griffin (1-3) goals of the game in the first period. Fontbonne tallied the first score of the game at the 12:17 mark of the first quarter and scored its last goal of the game with 4:06 left in the opening frame.
Whittier held a 3-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The purple and gold defense forced 12 of the 25 Fontbonne turnovers and allowed a mere 15 shots. Whittier corralled 41 ground balls to Fontonne's 23 and won 14-of-20 face-offs.
McQuade had his hand in five consecutive goals for the Poets as he scored three goals and added two assists in nearly a 15 minutes period.
He scored back-to-back man advantage goals in the second quarter off feeds from Anthony Lackey (2g, 2a) to give Whittier an 8-2 lead at the half and returned in the second half to score the first goal of the third quarter at the 9:13 mark.
Lackey and fellow senior Matt Mulry (2g) scored the next two Poet goals on feeds from McQuade.
Whittier got multi-goal games from Mike Neumyer and Rob Larimer in addition to the scoring by Lackey, Mulry and McQuade.
Defensemen Jordan Hendry also had his had in two goals as he finished with a goal and an assist.
Andrew Swett and Hendry led the defense as they totaled seven caused turnovers and 10 ground balls.
Senior goalie Ben Brown made five saves as he recorded his fourth win of the year.
The Poets return to action on Sunday, March 22, as they face Union (N.Y.) at 1:00 pm at Stanford University.
Photo by: Bill McCarroll/Friends of Whittier Lacrosse