BELMONT, Cailf. - The Whittier College men's lacrosse team gave up three goals in the third quarter and that proved to be too many as the Poets suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon. Division II Notre Dame de Namur defeated the Poets, 7-6.
Whittier (2-1) scored three consecutive goals at one point in the first half as Matt Mulry notched his fifth goal of the season on a feed from Charles Fisher with one second left in the first quarter.
The Poets rattled off two more unanswered goals in the second quarter as Daniel McQuade scored on an unassisted strike at 11:11 of the second quarter and Sam Russell scored on a feed from McQuade at 4:46 to help give the purple and gold the 4-3 halftime advantage.
Notre Dame (2-0) scored the first two goals of the third quarter to reclaim the lead at 5-4 but Anthony Lackey recorded his second goal of the day on a man advantage opportunity to make the score 5-5 with 2:45 to play in the third quarter.
The Poets trailed 7-5 late in the fourth quarter when McQuade made good on his second goal of the game off an assist from Lackey with 57 seconds in the game. That would prove to be as close as Whittier would get.
Lackey and McQuade both finished with a team-high three points (2g, 1a). Ben Brown (2-1) suffered the loss as he made 11 saves.
The Poets return to action on Wednesday, March 4, as they travel to Chapman, Calif., to face Chapman University at 7 p.m.