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WHITTIER, Calif. – Hope College and the Flying Dutchmen proved little test for the Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team Wednesday afternoon as the Poets rolled to the lopsided 21-4 victory at Memorial Stadium.
Hope came in 4-1 but saw a tough test in Whittier as they improve to 5-3.
It was all Purple & Gold from start to finish as they totaled one of their most lopsided victories in recent years. Despite giving up four goals in the first half was able to put up eight unanswered in the second en route to the 17 goal victory.
Ashton Pieris (Burien, WA) and Rocco Mularoni swapped goals early that dead locked the game. Ryan Lynch (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Nick Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) would add two more soon after that put WC on top once again but Mularoni would again find the back of the goal minutes later that pulled the Flying Dutchmen within one.
That's as close as Hope would get as Nick Hernandez (La Mesa, Calif.) would capitalize on a man-up before being followed with Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Chris Burley (San Diego, Calif.) connections that moved the score to 6-2.
In the second, the game got out of hand with WC rattling off four straight, with Angileri adding another two that completed the hat trick, while Jackson Draper (Steamboat Springs, CO) and O'Donnell would tack on another two.
Nathaniel Hentschel would stop the bleeding at the 7:50 mark but over the final 5:41 Whittier would outscore Hope 3-1 that would give them a 13-4 lead at the break.
Whittier held Hope scoreless in the second half adding four goals in each stanza. N. Hernandez went off with his own hat trick in just 10:00 unleashing on three straight himself that extended the lead to 17-4.
Then in the 4th the Poets added the final blow coming from four different players.
Hernandez finished with a team high five goals with two assists along with a couple groundballs. Angileri registered three goals and an assist with five groundballs and a caused turnover.
O'Donnell had a solid game with a couple goals and an assist, while totaling a career high seven caused turnovers.
Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) picked up the win finishing with 10 saves.
Whittier outshot Hope 47-30, was 13-27 on faceoffs, was 2-4 on man-ups, and picked up 51 groundballs.
Whittier has a quick turn around as they host Elmhurst tomorrow, Friday, March 24 beginning at 4:00pm.