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BELMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team traveled for the first time this past weekend with a trip up north to Belmont, Calif. where they took on Westminster College and Notre Dame de Namur.
After a tough loss to Westminster, the Purple & Gold were able to bounce back on day two of their trip to take out host Notre Dame de Namur 12-8. Whittier has now evened the career series with the Argonauts at 4-4.
The Purple & Gold started off the game capitalizing on two man-ups from Cooper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.) and Conner Sexton (San Jose, Calif.). Sexton then fed Sigi Ocker (San Francisco, Calif.) for the third goal of the game and Billy Shaffer (Tucson, AZ) tacked on the fourth consecutive goal for WC as they controlled the game early.
With under a minute to play though, the Argos were able to win back-to-back faceoffs and add two goals on both possessions as they cut the deficit in half.
The defensive units stood strong in the second quarter with each team adding another goal to their totals as the score moved to 5-3 at the break. In the third, Whittier began pulling away outscoring Notre Dame de Namur 4-1 over the 15:00 minutes with connections coming from Sexton, Jordan McGowan (Tualatin, OR), Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA), and Shaffer.
In the fourth, the Argonauts tried a comeback netting four of the last five goals in the game all coming under 10:00 to play but the comeback would stall as Ryland Clay (Aurora, CO), Champagne, and Sexton would put the game out of reach with tallies themselves.
Shaffer led the offense finishing with three goals and three assists. Sexton also registered three goals and an assist, while Champagne finished with two connections. Defensively, Jacob Berggren (Tualatin, OR) totaled seven groundballs and a career high six caused turnovers and Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) added six pick-ups.
Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) picked up the win between the posts with seven saves against 15 shots. Whittier outshot the Argos 34-26, won 8-20 faceoffs, and was 14-21 on clear attempts. They were a mere 3-12 on man-up opportunities and turned the ball over 26 times.
Whittier remains on the road this weekend as they travel to Texas. This Friday, February 23 they take on Hendrix at Allen High School in Dallas and then travel to Georgetown on Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 to take on Birmingham Southern and Southwestern.