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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team kept their winning streak intact at six games Wednesday night as they held off Chapman University for the 13-12 victory at the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center.
Whittier moves to .500 on the season at 7-7 and remain perfect in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play at 5-0.
The Purple & Gold got off to a hot start scoring six in the first eight minutes, which included an early 4-0 run coming from Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden), Aidan Tol (Tustin, Calif.), and Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.). Freshman Justin Contreras (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) would get into the mix soon after tacking on two himself giving WC an early lead.
The defense picked up in the second quarter as both teams added three to their total. Ryan Flores (Whittier, Calif.) picked up his first of the game and Heredia Viteri would register a pair. This would give the Poets a 9-5 lead at the break.
In the third quarter points were hard to come by as a combined four goals would be scored. Tyler Fields (Norwalk, Calif.) got the scoring started and ended the frame with his second of the game keeping the deficit at four. In the final stanza, Tim Aakhus (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Heredia Viteri would extend the lead to five on two different occasions. But this lead would soon be cut down to one as Chapman would score four unanswered to move the score to 13-12. The Panthers managed to get the ball back with :17 seconds remaining in the game and it took a last second save from senior goalkeeper Andrew Wettstead (Fresno, Calif.) to preserve the one goal victory.
The Poets outshot Chapman 35-25 and was 2-8 on power-play opportunities. Wettstead picked up his second straight win as he finished with four saves and seven steals. Viteri led the offense finishing with four goals on 10 shots along with two assists. Zdolsek registered a pair of goals and assists with two steals and Fields and Contreras would each tack on two themselves.
Whittier enters the Gary Troyer Tournament this weekend, October 6-7 where they will take on Iona (6th @ 11:45am), McKendree (6th @ 6:00pm), Johns Hopkins (7th @ 1:00pm), San Jose State (7th @ 4:45pm).