Tigers retain Locker-Stabler Cup; Poets drop season finale 14-7

Tigers retain Locker-Stabler Cup; Poets drop season finale 14-7

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's lacrosse team saw the Tigers of Colorado College retain the Locker-Stabler Cup Saturday afternoon as they used a big first quarter en route to the 14-7 victory to hold onto the coveted "Best in the West Cup" for the third consecutive year.

Not only did CC retain possession of the Cup, which is presented in honor of the former head coaches Doug Locker and Robert 'Doc' Stabler who founded Lacrosse on the West Coast, the Tigers extended their winning streak against their West Region rival to four games for the first time in series history.\

Prior to the start of the game, Head Coach Brian Kelly recognized his three seniors who were taking part in their final lacrosse game of their collegiate career.  These seniors included goalie Jon Cairone, and defensivemen Matt Pick and Stephen Fay.   

Whittier took a 2-0 lead just 2:43 into the game on goals by freshman attackman Maxwell Jones and sophomore midfielder Tommy Andrews, but it didn't take long for the lead to evaporate.

Colorado College then ignited for six unanswered with two goals coming from Tyler Allen and Henri Halle that put the Tigers up 6-2 after one quarter of play. 

The second quarter saw a seesaw battle occur with both teams scoring three goals apiece, Foster Cunningham added the first goal of the frame at the 13:46 mark to the cut the deficit in half, while CC's Dylan Davie found the back of the goal with four seconds to play in the half that put the Tigers up 9-5 at intermission.

Out of the break, Jones connected on his second goal of the contest capitalizing off of a man up situation that pulled the Poets within three but Colorado College would add two of the final three goals of the quarter to keep their advantage at four and that proved to be enough as Whittier was blanked in the fourth, while CC tallied three unanswered en route to the seven goal victory. 

Eric Omri and Jonathan Kassity added goals in the second quarter, while Kassity added his second goal of the game with 6:08 left to play in the third.       

The Poets won 17 of 25 face-offs and finished with a 25-17 advantage in ground balls, but the Tigers had a 38-36 edge in total shots. 

The difference in the game proved to be special teams. Colorado College scored on all three of its extra-man opportunities and denied Whittier on four of five man-down situations.

Between the posts, senior Cairone finished with 10 saves against 24 shots, while freshman goalie Chase Murphy for Colorado College collected nine saves, two of which came against the Poets when they had a man advantage. 

Whittier finishes the season 5-9, while Colorado College finishes 13-4.