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CLAREMONT, Calif. – After a hot start to the Gary Troyer Tournament, the Whittier College Men's Water polo team dropped a pair of games on day two to Johns Hopkins and San Jose State.
The Purple & Gold now drop to 9-9, 5-0 SCIAC and saw their winning streak snapped at eight games.
Game 1 (Johns Hopkins – L, 17-10)
It was a tough opening test for Whittier as they took on the BlueJays. WC saw themselves trail 6-3 after the first quarter and tried to stay within striking distance at 9-6 at the break but a 4-1 3rd quarter put the game out of reach.
Tim Aakhus (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.) each finished with three goals and an assist to lead the offense. Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) played all 32:00 in goal and finished with eight saves.
Whittier was outshot for the game 29-26 and was 4-14 on power-play opportunities.
Game 2 (San Jose State – L, 12-9)
The Poets looked to get revenge over the Spartans after their loss earlier in the season. The game remained at a one goal differential following the first eight minutes but then got stretched to three at the break in favor of San Jose State.
Whittier managed to outscore SJS 4-2 in the 3rd quarter thanks to Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden), Heredia Viteri, and Justin Contreras (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) to pull within one at 9-8. But that's as close as they would get the Spartans would regroup in the 4th to outscore Whittier 3-1 to hold on to the victory.
Whittier this time around outshot San Jose State 28-25 and was 2-9 on power-play opportunities. Ersoz again played between the posts finishing with seven saves and three steals. Zdolsek led the offense finishing with four goals and an assist, while Heredia Viteri tallied two with a couple steals.
Whittier returns to the pool and conference action as they travel to take on Cal Lutheran University this Wednesday, October 11 beginning at 4:00pm.