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WHITTIER, Calif. – Following a 15-10 victory over the University of La Verne, the Whittier College Men's Water Polo team faced off against No. 13 Princeton University in the nightcap but couldn't pull off the upset falling 15-12.
Despite being outsized, the Purple & Gold gave the Tigers all they could handle, which included outscoring them 4-2 over the final 8:00 minutes to keep it close.
Whittier sees their four game winning streak come to an end as they drop to 12-12, 7-3 SCIAC.
The first quarter was deadlocked with each team adding four goals apiece. WC received their connections from Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.), Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden), and Paul Pittion (Aix en Provenca, France).
Princeton kept their offense going in the second outscoring WC 5-2 to take a 9-6 advantage into the break. In the third, Whittier tacked on two coming from Eric Borunda (Whittier, Calif.) that kept it a five-goal game and despite Heredia Viteri, Kyle Aguilar (Corona, Calif.), and Chad Portugal (La Habra Heights, Calif.) finding the back of the net in the final period, it wasn't enough to complete the comeback.
Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) played tough between the posts and collected eight saves in the loss. Other scorers in the game included Cornelis Kriek (Pretoria, South Africa) and Ricardo Reyes Jr. (Commerce, Calif.).
Whittier returns to the pool this Wednesday, October 31 on Halloween night to face-off against Claremont-M-S in a big SCIAC match-up beginning at 7:00pm at the Slade Aquatic Center.