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WILKES-BARRE, PA – Maxwell Jones (Fircrest, WA) scored four goals and dished out three assists to power the Whittier College men's lacrosse team to a 13-7 victory over host King's College in a non-conference matchup Saturday night in the Betzler Athletic Complex.
The Poets are undefeated on the season at 2-0 with a grueling Spring Schedule still ahead. They play Albright this week on Tuesday, March 18 before wrapping up their trip against Eastern (March 21) and Cabrini (March 22).
In the first quarter the Poets put together a defensive stand holding King's scoreless, while getting goals from Foster Cunningham (San Anselmo, Calif.) and Jones.
The Monarchs countered however getting a goal :53 seconds into the second period from Kevin Sweeney before adding their second at the 11:30 mark from Evan Lawshe. But Whittier tallied the final three goals of the second quarter when Cunningham and Jones both found the back of the net and Eric Omri (Bellevue, WA) scored with 3:12 on the clock to give the Poets a 5-2 lead at the half.
The Poets came out in the third quarter and went to work, scoring five straight goals from Hunter Hall (Littleton, CO), Danny Prevedel (Denver, CO), and Matt Symes (2) (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) over a neat ten minute span to build a 10-2 lead with 4:46 left in the period. The Monarchs battled back though, using three straight goals from Ryan Francik, Sweeney, and Lawshe to cut the lead to 10-5 at the end of the third period. The Monarchs added a fourth straight goal 3:48 into the fourth quarter to come to within 10-6. But the Poets outscored King's 3-to-1 the rest of the way to seal the victory. The final three goals coming from Aaron Self (San Clemente, Calif.), and Jones (2).
King's outshot Whittier 32-28 and held a 26-22 advantage in ground balls. But Whittier won 12 of 22 faceoffs and managed to kill 6-of-8 King's man-up opportunities.
Nathan Kleponis (Tustin, Calif.) picked up his second victory on the season collecting seven saves against 14 shots.