Poets use 9-0 second half run to power past Mustangs
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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's lacrosse team despite the peltering rain and cold temperatures were able to put together a 9-0 run in the second half en route to the 16-6 victory over Morrisville State opening up their 2013 campaign in impressive fashion.
In a low scoring affair in the first half, the Mustangs clung onto a one goal lead at the break 5-4. Whittier tallied the first goal of the contest from Foster Cunningham three minutes in but saw Morrisville St. add the next two goals, which included a rebound goal from Louie Geswaldo at the 5:52 mark.
The Poets responded to begin the second reclaiming the one goal advantage thanks to Hunter Hall who was fed from Zack Gagnon. Gagnon then capitalized on a man up situation being fed from Danny Prevedel that put the Purple & Gold up 3-2.
Morrisville State though turned the tables for the remainder of the quarter, while netting three consecutive scores to hold the 5-4 lead at the half.
Coming out of the break, the Mustangs extended their lead to two after a quick goal in the third but the Purple & Gold responded once again and for good going on a 12-0 scoring frenzy that handed MSU the 16-6 loss. During this run, Whittier blanked the Mustangs for 27 minutes and saw Jonathan Kassity tally four goals of his own, while Gagnon tossed in three in a row to close out the third quarter.
Senior keeper, Jon Cairone posted the win in between the pipes, registering six saves on 12 shots in 56 minutes of action.
Freshman Scott Pescheret led the Poet offensive unit helping them gather 25 possessions as he finished the game with an astounding 18-25 face offs won, while going coast to coast twice to find the back of the goal and picking up 12 groundballs.
Kassity and Gagnon finished with four goals apiece, while Thomas Brook defensively caused three turnovers. On the evening, Whittier held the advantage on shots 48-21 and was almost perfect on clear attempts (16-18) and man-up situations (3-5).
The Poets return to the field this Friday, February 22 when they host Oneonta with game time set for 7:00pm.