Poets battle with Union in 12-10 loss

Poets battle with Union in 12-10 loss

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team let a one goal lead slip away with four minutes to play Sunday as they fell 12-10 to Union College at Memorial Stadium.

Whittier drops to 4-3 on the season and have now dropped their second in a row.

Ashton Pieris (Burien, WA) and Nick Hernandez (La Mesa, Calif.) added two big goals early that put WC on top 2-0 but that lead soon diminished as the Dutchmen would rattle off four unanswered to take a 4-2 lead. 

With 1:03 to play in the 1st quarter, Jackson Draper (Steamboat Springs, CO) would find the back of the goal for his first of the season that pull the Poets within one, while stopping the Union run.

Hernandez and Evan Price (San Diego, Calif.) got things rolling in the second with back to back answers moving the momentum back in Whittier's favor as they went in front 5-4.  Ryan Lynch (Yorba Linda, Calif.) responded with his first of the game minutes later but again Union would put together a pair of their own connections that moved the score to 7-6 at the break.

Hernandez capitalized on a man-up opportunity on Whittier's first possession out of the half, which tied things up.  Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA) would come up with his own fireworks later on in the stanza as he would pick up a loose ball in front of the goal that came from Draper, before finishing with yet another equalizer.

Union jumped back out in front adding the first goal of the 4th but again the Poets didn't back down as Conner Sexton (San Jose, Calif.) would connect followed by Hernandez once again capitalizing on a man-up. 

But over the final 2:47 the wheels fell off for the Purple & Gold as the Dutchmen would rally to find the back of the goal three times en route to the two goal, come from behind victory.

Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) played all 60:00 totaling 11 saves for the game.  Hernandez finished with four goals on the game with two groundballs and a caused turnover. 

The defenseman had a strong game as Max Thiele (San Diego, Calif.), Max Lepley (San Clemente, Calif.), and Nick Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) combined for 12 caused turnovers. 

Whittier was outshot 37-32, was 2-5 on man-ups and was 13-16 on clear attempts.  Despite forcing 24 turnovers, the issue came of possessions as Whittier fell on faceoffs going 5-23.   

Whittier remains at home this Wednesday, March 22 as they host Hope College beginning at 4:00pm.