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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – A highly anticipated match-up took place over the weekend between two West Region rivals, the Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team and the Colorado College Tigers.
The rematch of last years NCAA Division III National Championship first round match-up went the way of the Tigers as they edged the Purple & Gold 13-9.
The loss snaps the Poets three game-winning streak as they drop to 7-4.
Freshman Evan Price (San Diego, Calif.) put WC on top 2-0 with a couple quick connections but saw Brad Hale and Austin Davie come back with two of their own that deadlocked the game after the first quarter of play.
In the second, the Tigers outscored the Poets 5-2, which proved crucial as they went into the half leading 7-4. Whittier got their two additions from Nick Hernandez (La Mesa, Calif.) and Price.
Hernandez and Price led the charge out of the half as they went 1-2-3 that tied the game up at 7-7. But over the final 8:00 it was all CC as they rattled off the next five tallies to once again go in front 12-7.
In the final period, Ashton Pieris (Burien, WA) found the back of the goal twice, with the last coming with 4:16 to play but it wouldn't be enough to complete the comeback as the Tigers would hold on for the four goal victory.
Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) once again played in goal and totaled 14 saves against 27 shots. Whittier was outshot for the game 48-33 and turned the ball over 20 times. They won just 10-24 faceoffs and was 16-18 on clear attempts.
Price finished with four goals and was joined by Hernandez with three and an assist. Nick Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) posted an assist for the game along with four groundballs and a caused turnover. Copper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.) finished going 9-23 on faceoffs with five groundballs and Max Lepley (San Clemente, Calif.) added two caused turnovers and two groundballs.
Whittier remains on the road this weekend as they travel to Illinois to take on Illinois Wesleyan (April 14) and Carthage (April 15 @ 10:00am). Every match-up here on out has playoff implications on the line.