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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team received recognition this week from the NCAA after leading all of Division III in caused turnovers.
The Purple & Gold finished 5-8 under first year Head Coach Nicholas Marks and posted strong wins over club teams San Diego State, USC, and Concordia-Irvine before taking out Notre Dame de Namur, Hendrix, Eastern Connecticut State, Southwestern, and Johnson & Wales (CO) during the regular season.
Whittier proved to have one of the top defenses in the country after totaling 205 caused turnovers led by defensive coordinator Mike Ondrusek. The defensive unit consisted of Ryan Crawford (San Clemente, Calif.), Max Lepley (San Clemente, Calif.), Max Thiele (San Diego, Calif.), Jacob Berggren (Tualatin, OR) and Max Bragdon (Denver, CO).
Crawford totaled 34 over the 13 games followed by Lepley (33), Bragdon (20), Thiele (20), and Berggren (19). These five long stick defenders also added a combined 144 groundballs.