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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team opened up 2018 Saturday with a rout of Division I San Diego State University 17-7 at Memorial Stadium.
Whittier continues to get stronger after each game they play and spanning from the Fall to now are 3-0 against MLCA Programs, including USC, Concordia, and now San Diego State.
The Purple & Gold got off to a slow start trailing 2-1 over the first six minutes but that ended quickly as they finally found their offensive niche putting together a 10-0 run, which included three in the latter stages of the first quarter, a 6-0 effort in the second period and opening up the third quarter with another.
This 10-0 run put WC on top 11-2 and they didn't stop there as they outscored the Aztecs 7-5 over the final 30:00 minutes that put the game out of reach.
Whittier outshot SDSU 52-25, were 14-18 on clear attempts, picked up 48 groundballs, and converted 6-of-7 man-up opportunities. The difference in the game was possessions as Whittier held the huge advantage 20-25 on faceoffs.
Freshman Connor Dee (Collegeville, PA) led the offense with a career high three goals and four assists. He also added five groundballs and a caused turnover. Ryland Clay (Aurora, CO) added a hat trick on both sides, with three goals and three assists and Jackson Draper (Steamboat Springs, CO) tallied a couple strikes.
Defensively, Max Lepley (San Clemente, Calif.) totaled four caused turnovers and Tyler Coleman (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Jacob Berggren (Tualatin, OR), Ryan Marchand (San Diego, Calif.), Max Bragdon (Denver, CO), and Max Thiele (San Diego, Calif.) combined for another 10. Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) got the win playing 12:00 minutes picking up two saves. Dakota Turgeon (Bellingham, WA) played a majority of the game with 33:00 minutes and added another seven saves against eight shots.
Whittier travels next weekend, February 17-18 up north to Belmont, Calif. to take on Westminster (UT) and Notre Dame de Namur.