Poets power past SUNY Oneonta 17-6 en route to 2-0 start
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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's lacrosse team powered past the Red Dragons of SUNY Oneonta Friday evening 14-6 en route to their second straight victory of 2013.
The Poets who have now won their second straight game by at least a ten goal differential saw a 2-2 tie after the first quarter of action before erupting for a 12-2 run, which included a 4-0 spurt in the 4th that opened the game wide open.
SUNY Oneonta who flew out from New York a couple days prior showed up with a faceoff specialist in Jim van de Veerdonk who was rated one of the top faceoff specialists in the country in Div. III but freshman Scott Pescheret had other plans and came ready to play winning 13-27 face offs, while picking up five groundballs.
Pescheret has proven to be a crucial entity to the Poet offense as their face off man giving the Purple & Gold extra possessions that down the stretch prove crucial in winning games. After falling behind 2-0 early, Whittier responded closing out the quarter with a goal from Tommy Andrews and a man up goal from Hunter Hall.
After the Red Dragons opened up the second with a goal on their first possession, Whittier erupted for eight unanswered sparked by back to back to back goals from Eric Omri within a five minute span which ignited the Poet offense and brought the crowd to their feet. During this run four goals were tallied from Andrews, Ewing, Maxwell Jones, and Zack Gagnon, while Defensive Thomas Brook went coast to coast to tack on the final goal for the Poets to close out the first half.
Opening up the third stanza, the Poets defensive unit continued where they left off in the first half as they held the Red Dragons scoreless, while the offense added another four goals coming from Jones, Jonathan Kassity, Gagnon, and Omri that moved the score to 14-4.
Oneonta fought back though in the fourth and added two goals from Connor Coyle and van de Veerdonk but it wasn't enough as Jones and Foster Cunningham tossed in another three goals to close out the game helping Whittier secure their second straight victory.
For the game, Omri finished with four goals on six shots, while Brook defensively finished with nine groundballs and six caused turnovers.
Between the pipes, senior Jon Cairone finished with his second victory after playing 58 minutes collecting a career high 16 saves on 22 shots.
Whittier returns to action this Sunday, February 24 when they host Southwestern (TX) with game time set for 11:00am.