Poets finish Spring Break with 12-10 win over Greensboro
WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's lacrosse team got back to their winning ways Saturday afternoon as they snapped their six game losing streak by beating Greensboro College 12-10.
Despite holding a 48-28 advantage in shots, the Pride were unable to hold the Poets offensive production as Whittier totaled a .428 shot percentage, while maintaining the lead throughout, which included a 7-3 advantage at the break.
The Poets jumped out in front with an unassisted goal from Aaron Self but saw the Pride even the game three minutes later from Blaine Wise. But that's as close as the Pride would get as the Poets would go on a 3-1 run to close out the first quarter. Foster Cunningham started off the run with a man up goal being assisted from Danny Prevedel before freshman Scott Pescheret wont he ensuing faceoff and took it coast to coast to tally his third goal of the season. Prevedel then got into the scoring column with a goal at the 4:09 mark that extended the Poet lead to 4-1.
Whittier started the second quarter off capitalizing off of a man up situation when Kevin Ewing was found from Zack Gagnon that pushed the Poet lead back to three. Despite Greesnboro adding their third goal of the game the Purple & Gold would bounce back to finish off the half with back to back goals from Eric Omri and Hall.
Greesnboro came out hot in the second half outscoring the Poets 3-1 pulling within two at 8-6 but the Poets continued to keep the pride at bay getting a goal with 8:31 to play in the third from Omri.
In the fourth, both teams picked up the tempo and offense combining for eight goals. The Pride managed to tie the game up at eight with goals from Jaeger Carlyle and Justin Pearson to open the frame. But the Poets responded with three unanswered in a two minute span with goals from Pescheret, Self, and Maxwell Kaufman that put them up by three once more.
Greensboro attempted to pull even once more getting a goal from Ryan Kissner and then adding a goal late with 1:53 to play but the Purple & Gold were able to tally one last goal from Maxwell Jones that preserved the two goal victory.
In the victory, senior Jon Cairone finished with 12 saves on 22 shots, while the Poets held the advantage on groundballs (40-37), clears (23-23), and face offs (12-22).
The Poets return to California today and will begin preparing for their match-up against Claremont-M-S on Wednesday, April 3 beginning at 7:00pm.