Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com
GEORGETOWN, TX – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team wrapped up their weekend trip to Texas going 2-0 after an 11-10 victory over Southwestern University.
The Purple & Gold have now won three in a row and have found their offensive niche as they have recorded double digit scoring efforts during this streak.
After trailing 2-0 in the first eight minutes of the first quarter, freshman Ryland Clay (Aurora, CO) came alive with back-to-back strikes that evened the game. But with :27 seconds left in the frame the Pirates were able to slip one past Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) between the posts that gave them a 3-2 lead.
Chris Burley (San Diego, Calif.) deadlocked the game around the 10:00 mark in the second quarter but again SU would answer with two of their own, one in which was on a man-up to go back on top by two.
Freshman Evan Price (San Diego, Calif.) ended the run with an unassisted goal soon after that pulled Whittier within one but Matthew Montagne and the Pirates would get the last connection as they would add another moving the score to 6-4 at the break.
Burley and Eric O'Brien (Reading, MA) would come out of the half quickly capitalizing on a man-up, which evened the game once more but SU had other plans as they would tack on another two in the final 3:47 that put the Poets in a hole once again.
The fireworks and the price of admission came full tilt in the final period as Whittier and Southwestern combined for seven goals, with WC outscoring SU 5-2 to pull off the come from behind victory.
Ashton Pieris (Burien, WA) added his first of the game on Whittier's first possession of the fourth that cut the deficit to one. Kai Knight-Turcan would then answer with two of his own that stretched the lead to three in favor of the Pirates. But this time it would be all the Poets over the final 6:33 as they would add four straight beginning with Nick Hernandez (La Mesa, Calif.) and ending with Clay who added the equalizer with 1:26 to play before adding the game winner with :03 seconds left on the clock taking it himself.
Clay finished with four goals on five shots with three caused turnovers. Burley had two goals and an assist with a couple groundballs and Price added two goals, an assist, and three groundballs.
Cramer between the posts picked up the win playing all 60:00 finishing with six saves.
Whittier finished with 33 shots for the game, winning 13-22 faceoffs and picking up 44 groundballs. They were also 13-19 on clear attempts and were 1-2 on man-ups.
Whittier returns home for Spring Break and a five game home stand beginning with Curry next Tuesday, March 14 beginning at 3:00pm.