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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team made quick work of Emerson College Monday night as they rolled to the 17-6 victory at home.
The Purple & Gold followed up their solid upset win over Colorado Mesa a week prior with a lopsided victory at Memorial Stadium improving to 2-0.
"For our second game and first home game of the year, I thought we played very well," explained Head Coach Nick Marks. "I thought we played very well. Besides our alumni game we didn't have any scrimmages, so we are learning as we go, especially with the new rules. We were passionate and physical which is how we want to be. We saw alot of different contributors tonight which was great to see. We can definitely continue to clean up the turnovers, espeically the unforced ones. We need to handle a quick turn around for a very strong 3-0 opponent coming in this evening."
Whittier put up 12 goals over the first three quarters before putting the finishing touches on the win with a five spot across the final period. WC struck first on their opening possession as Nick Brisbee (Lake Oswego, OR) was fed by Ronan Dooney (Portland, OR). The Lions struck back two minutes later but after that it was all Whittier stringing together four straight from Daniel Ball (Los Angeles, Calif.), Chris Burley (San Diego, Calif.), Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA), and Cooper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.). This run stretched two minutes into the second quarter as Whittier led 5-1.
Emerson got two back to cut the deficit to three with under six minutes to play but again the Poets would counter this time with Brisbee and Dooney tallying three unanswered that gave WC an 8-3 advantage at the break. Out of the half the offense continued to roll as the Purple & Gold put up four straight moving the score to 12-3, behind connections from Ryland Clay (Aurora, CO), Heritage, Ball, and Dooney.
The Lions tacked on a man-up goal at the 6:13 mark in the third but they would be shutout over the next 17 minutes as Brisbee, Chandler Badon (Portland, OR), and Guss Simpson (Seattle, WA) would stretch the lead to double digits.
Emerson was able to tack on two of the final three goals to make it an 11-goal differential but it wouldn't be enough to pull off the road win.
Whittier outshot Emerson 54-24 and was 14-for-16 on clear attempts. They picked up 52 groundballs and were 18-for-27 on face-offs. Between the posts Dakota Turgeon (Bellingham, WA) picked up the win playing 45 minutes collecting three saves and a groundball. Austin Mann (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Kelly Petro (Mission Viejo, Calif.) played the final 15 minutes adding two saves.
Dooney and Brisbee led the offense. Dooney finished with three goals and four assists with three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Brisbee finished with three goals and four groundballs.
Heritage, Ball, and Badon each recorded two tallies and Max Lepley (San Clemente, Calif.) finished with three caused turnovers on defense. On face-offs Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) finished 13-of-18 with 12 groundballs and Cole Irie was 5-for-9 with three pick-ups.
"We have alot of new faces on the team with more than half being sophomores and freshmen," Marks stated. Our veteran returners have welcomed the new guys with open arms and our captains definitely have us on one heartbeat. We have over 10 underclassmen helping out on the field which has been a big addition. This is a very young team that will get more experience as the season progresses. We will need the leadership of our captains to get through these tough weeks where we play three games."
Whittier returns to the field tonight, Tuesday, March 5 as they take on Gwynedd Mercy beginning at 6:30pm.