Poets unable to dig their way out of early 7-1 hole
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WHITTIER, Calif. – In a match-up between two undefeated programs who were competing for playoff implications, the Poets were unable to bounce back from an early 7-1 hole to the Eagles of Eastern University Wednesday evening as they fell 12-8.
Eastern now hands the poets their first loss of 2013 dropping them to 3-1 on the young season while they improve to 4-0.
The Eagles jumped all over the Purple & Gold early as they went up 5-0 in the first ten minutes of the first quarter before Whittier's Danny Prevedel found the back of the goal at the 4:44 mark being fed from Scott Pescheret who came down in transition after winning one of his game high 14 face offs.
After eastern connected on the first two goals of the second quarter to extend their lead to 7-2, the Poets mounted their comeback pulling within three after back to back to back goals from Maxwell Jones (2) and Hunter Hall.
But Whittier didn't stop there entering the second half when they pulled within one at 7-6 behind Tommy Andrews and Jones' connections. Despite scoring four unanswered the Eagles seemed un-phased at the run as they would wrap up the quarter adding two more to their total running the score to 9-6 after three quarters of action.
In the fourth quarter the Poets managed to add two more from Foster Cunningham and Prevedel but it wasn't enough to pull off the victory as Eastern would add three of their own including the final goal with 2:10 to play that secured the 12-8 victory.
Jones led the offensive unit with three goals on four shots, while Thomas Brook defensively collected seven groundballs and caused one turnover. Pescheret who continues to make a name for himself as one of the premier faceoff men within Div. I again showed why he is a valuable asset to the Poet offense as he finished 14-24 on face offs, while collecting nine groundballs.
Whittier returns to action next week on Monday, March 11 when they host Keene St. with the opening faceoff set for 4:00pm.