Captains hold off Poets for 8-5 victory
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Newport News, Va. – The Whittier College men's lacrosse team dropped their fifth straight game and their second on their Spring Break trip back East as the Captains of Christopher-Newport were able to hold off the Poets 8-5.
The Poets who started the season off 3-0 have now run their record to 3-5 on the season after seeing their comeback fall short to the Captains on a chilly Monday evening.
Early in the game, defense was the story with one goal being scored in the first quarter coming from Adam Abbate of Christopher Newport. Beginning the second, the CNU defense struggled allowing the Purple & Gold to take their first lead thanks to Jonathan Kassity who added two quick goals within a four minute span that gave Whittier a 2-1 lead. But this lead would soon be short lived a minute and a half later when the Captains rallied for three goals to close out the half.
Following the break, the game became more physical with both teams earning man up situations but the defenses clamped down not allowing a goal to come in. Poet goalie Jon Cairone came through with several clutch saves, but none as big as the stop he made on the man down situation when he took a rocket off the chest keeping the Poets in the game.
Behind the strong defensive stance led by Thomas Brook who finished with five groundballs and one caused turnover, the Poets attack struck again with 5:31 to play in the third thanks to Eric Omri, who pulled them within one at 4-3. But again, CNU immediately answered adding two themselves, which included a last second goal from John Thompson to Kyle Pasta that extended the Captain lead to three.
Trailing 6-3 opening up the fourth, the Poets answered with a quick strike from Danny Prevedel who was found in space from Foster Cunningham. Following a CNU turnover, the Poets found themselves with a golden opportunity to pull within one when Maxwell Jones found himself with a one-on-one with Captain goalie Andy McGregor. But McGregor stood tall between the posts denying Jones' first goal of the game keeping the Poets at bay.
The Captains had a two man advantage with 7:15 to play and capitalized on the opportunity to go up once again by three and then put the final blow towards the Poets two minutes later when Joey Rolando ripped a one-timer through the Poet defense that gave CNU an 8-4 advantage.
Although Whittier's Jones found the back of the net with 1:12 to play the Captains were able to grab the final faceoff holding on for the three goal victory.
The Poets were outshot on the evening 42-30 and were edged 32-27 on groundballs, but saw Scott Pescheret lead the way on face-offs taking 11 of the 17 battles. Cairone also notched a game high 10 saves for the Poets, while McGregor had 8.
Whittier will return to action Thursday, March 21 when the squad travels to Roanoke for a 7pm EST battle for their third contest on spring break.