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Men's Lacrosse

 
March 31, 2011

Poets drop second straight, fall to Swarthmore 7-6

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Another game and another one-goal affair.

For the second straight outing the Whittier men's lacrosse team lost by a mere goal as Swarthmore defeated the Poets, 7-6, Thursday evening.

Whittier (3-4) led by as many as two goals on three occasions but a 4-0, second half, run by Swarthmore proved the difference. The purple and gold surrendered goals at 6:14 and 1:00 of the third and 8:39 and 7:22 of the fourth to see its 4-2 lead turn into a 6-4 deficit.

Kevin Looney ended the scoring drought at the 3:31 mark of the final frame and Lee Oshnock capitalized on an extra-man chance with 2:17 remaining to tie the score at 6-6.

Oshnock's goal came on a feed from Taylor Dean.

Whittier won the ensuing face-off and had a shot at goal but Swarthmore goalie Jonathan Cohen made a save on Colt Adams' attempt. The Garnet forced the Poets into a turnover following the Adams shot and turned it into the game winning goal.

The go-ahead score came with 1:04 on the clock.

Swarthmore took possession after the face-off but turned the ball over four seconds later. Whittier successfully cleared the ball but failed to get a shot on goal.

Looney finished with two goals while Daniel McQuade added a pair. Sam Russell and Dean tallied two assists apiece while defender Riley Myrick added a goal in the loss.

Robert Bazlen continued his solid play in goal, making 22 saves and limiting the Garnet to just seven goals on 50 total shots. As a whole, the defense caused seven of the 12 Swarthmore turnovers. Ryan Kirkpatrick had a game-high two for the Poets.

Myrick scored the game's first goal at 6:41 of the first and McQuade gave Whittier a 2-0 lead with his first of the game at the 6:01 mark.

McQuade scored the only second quarter goal for the Poets as they went into the half with a 3-2 lead.

The Poets will wrap up its East Coast trip on Saturday as it faces Cabrini.