WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College men's lacrosse team received six points from freshman Daniel McQuade but it wasn't enough as the Poets lost at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon to No. 6 Ithaca, 15-9.
Whittier (3-3) was held scoreless through the first 30 minutes of the game as the Bombers (4-1) took a 6-0 lead into the intermission.
Ithaca netted four first quarter goals and added two more in the second quarter as it saw five different scorers during that span.
The purple and gold got on the board within the first 45 seconds of the third quarter as Anthony Lackey scored a man-up goal to make the score 6-1. The Bombers answered with a man-up goal of their own at the 12:54 mark and scored 24 seconds later to make the score 8-1 with 12:30 to play in the quarter.
The Poets mounted their comeback over the next 12 minutes as they were able to pull within two goals, 8-6, at the end of the third quarter.
Sam Russell, Matt Mulry, McQuade and Mike Neumyer all scored goals for the purple and gold in its in 5-0 run. The second of McQuade's two goals was man-up.
The Poets comeback fell short as the Bombers added insurance goals in the fourth quarter. Ithaca scored thee consecutive goals to open the quarter, and after Whittier made it 11-7 with 10:21 to play in the game, it tacked on three more goals to push the score to 14-7.
WC scored two of the final three goals to make the final 15-9.
The Poets were out-shot 39-31 but corralled 43 groundballs to Ithaca's 27. Freshman Andrew Swett had a game-high 13 groundballs and caused five turnovers.
Whittier also held the advantage in face-offs as it won 15-of-26.
The purple and gold return to action on Saturday, March 14, as they play Skidmore at Cathedral High School in San Diego.
Photo by: Bill McCarroll/Friends of Whittier Lacrosse